Dierenoffers in Mormoonse tempels

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Dierenoffers in Mormoonse tempels

Op dit moment worden er geen dieren geofferd in de Mormoonse tempels maar in de Leer en Verbonden, een van de vier heilige boeken van de Mormonen, vinden we deze tekst:
Aan u, mijn mededienstknechten, verleen ik, in naam van de Messias, het priesterschap van Aäron, dat de sleutels omvat van de bediening van engelen en van het evangelie van bekering en van de doop door onderdompeling tot vergeving van zonden; en dit zal nimmermeer van de aarde worden weggenomen, totdat de zonen van Levi de Heer wederom een offer offeren in gerechtigheid (Leer en Verbonden 2004, p. 28)
Joseph Smith, de grondlegger van de Mormoonse kerk, zei hierover:
The offering of sacrifice has ever been connected and forms a part of the duties of the Priesthood. It began with the Priesthood, and will be continued until after the coming of Christ, from generation to generation. We frequently have mention made of the offering of sacrifice by the servants of the Most High in ancient days, prior to the law of Moses; which ordinances will be continued when the Priesthood is restored with all its authority, power and blessings. (...)

It is a very prevalent opinion that the sacrifices which were offered were entirely consumed. This was not the case; if you read Leviticus 2:2-3, you will observe that the priests took a part as a memorial and offered it up before the Lord, while the remainder was kept for the maintenance of the priests; so that the offerings and sacrifices are not all consumed upon the altar—but the blood is sprinkled, and the fat and certain other portions are consumed.

These sacrifices, as well as every ordinance belonging to the Priesthood, will, when the Temple of the Lord shall be built, and the sons of Levi be purified, be fully restored and attended to in all their powers, ramifications, and blessings. This ever did and ever will exist when the powers of the Melchizedek Priesthood are sufficiently manifest; else how can the restitution of all things spoken of by the Holy Prophets be brought to pass? It is not to be understood that the law of Moses will be established again with all its rites and variety of ceremonies; this has never been spoken of by the prophets; but those things which existed prior to Moses' day, namely, sacrifice, will be continued.

It may be asked by some, what necessity for sacrifice, since the Great Sacrifice was offered? In answer to which, if repentance, baptism, and faith existed prior to the days of Christ, what necessity for them since that time? The Priesthood has descended in a regular line from father to son, through their succeeding generations (Smith 1976, pp. 172-173).
Joseph Fielding Smith, president van de kerk van 1970 tot 1972, verwoordde het als volgt in zijn boekenreeks "Doctrines of Salvation":
We are living in the dispensation of the fulness of times into which all things are to be gathered, and all things are to be restored since the beginning. Even this earth is to be restored to the condition which prevailed before Adam's transgression. Now in the nature of things, the law of sacrifice will have to be restored, or all things which were decreed by the Lord would not be restored. It will be necessary, therefore, for the sons of Levi, who offered the blood sacrifices anciently in Israel, to offer such a sacrifice again to round out and complete this ordinance in this dispensation. Sacrifice by the shedding of blood was instituted in the days of Adam and of necessity will have to be restored.

The sacrifice of animals will be done to complete the restoration when the temple spoken of is built; at the beginning of the millennium, or in the restoration, blood sacrifices will be performed long enough to complete the fulness of the restoration in this dispensation. Afterwards sacrifice will be of some other character (Smith 1956, deel 3, p. 94).
Het wordt dus een bloederige bedoening in de Mormoonse tempels aan het begin van het millennium...