A-Z: General definitions: Sacrifice


1. The giving up of something deeply valued 2. Offerings a worshipper gives to God to express devotion, gratitude, or the need for forgiveness. 3. In the Bible, the sacrifice is seen to take away guilt and blame. In the Old Testament, the Bible records many sacrifices of animals to God as burnt offerings, and also records the willingness of Abraham to offer his only son, Isaac, to God. In the New Testament, Christ's death (see Cross) is seen as the perfect sacrifice necessary to pay for the sin of humankind.

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