1 Cor. 11:5,13
1 Cor. 15:31
- Hosea 6:6
- "For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings."
- On the basis of this verse Moslems argue that God does not wish for sacrifices and that a sacrifice of Jesus would therefore be pointless. (See also Matt. 9:13; 12:7).
- The meaning of this verse is a matter of idiom. It should really be considered to be, "I desire mercy far more than sacrifice."
- Clearly God does require sacrifice. The Law of Moses, given by God, included many sacrifices. The point in this passage is that, for the one offering the sacrifice, the sacrifice is without value unless that person also shows mercy.
- The context shows that this verse refers to individual conduct, not general principle. One might therefore read it as, "I require mercy more than sacrifice from you."