Heb 9:22( KJV)
And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
This passage in the Bible is used by Christians to justify their belief in Blood Atonement; that a price has to be paid, blood has to be shed to remove sin from oneself and from mankind. This post will call into question whether Hebrews 9:22 is in line with the teaching of the Old Testament, and by so-doing will bring into question the authenticity of the passage, the authorship of the passage and/or even the validity of adhering to a Pauline doctrine.
Here is what the Old Testament has to say regarding sin:
Isaiah 1:11-18 King James Version (KJV)
11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.
12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?
13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.
15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
It is clear in this passage that God does not care for blood or any other form of pagan practices to cleanse one self of sin. To remove sins and receive the forgiveness of God, God asks to : (1) learn to do well (2) seek judgement (3) relieve the oppressed (3) judge the fatherless and (4) plead for the widow. And in doing so, you will become “white as snow”.
So the question arises, how do we reconcile this with Hebrews? They can’t. Clearly there is a contradiction and there is no way to reconcile it. The only solution would be to reject Hebrews, and not consider it part of scripture.