This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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The origin and purpose of sacrifice

The purpose of sacrifice is to restore man to the Edenic state, and this means that the institution of the sacrifice presupposes the fallen condition of the world. Had there been no fall, and by the fall a removal of man from his paradisal state of perfect communion with the Creator, then there would be no need for man to sacrifice in the sense we are dealing with here, involving the immolation of a substituted victim.

What the sacrifice represents—the offering of everything back to God as a proper and natural response on the part of the creature, a total surrender even of one’s on life to the source of Life—would have already been present without original sin.

Existing on a higher spiritual plane, man made the sacrifice of himself, without death or immolation or intermediary, and this running parallel to the sacrifice of the “Lamb who was slain from the beginning of the world” and through whom all things were made.

After the Fall, we come into the presence of the sacrificial offering properly so-called, and it is this form of sacrifice that characterizes the fallen world and provides the means of elevating the fallen creature back to the higher spiritual state.

We can say that if sin consists in withholding from God something of that which should be offered to Him, which would constitute the natural, non-bloody sacrifice of the self, then the consequence of sin is that either man who become doomed to eternal separation and death, or else some new form of reconciliation would have to be introduced. And as a result of the gratuitousness of Divine Mercy, we can see that immediately after the Fall, precisely such a form of sacrifice was introduced. Of course, we do not have record of how exactly the necessary procedures were conveyed, but it is clear from the earliest biblical accounts post-fall, which are those of Cain and Able, that it was known that sacrifice was necessary to bring oneself into proper relation with the Creator, and it was known what was and wasn’t an acceptable form of sacrifice.

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