DID PAUL KEEP THE TORAH’S BLOOD SACRIFICE?

Paul taught that the law of Moses was defunct. Implying, sin offering for atonement through animal blood sacrifice is no longer an active law. He taught the final blood sacrifice was through crucifixion of Jesus as it say:

Hebrews 10:4,10
[4]For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
[10]By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Hebrews 10:11-12,14
[11]And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
[12]But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
[14]For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

Therefore, for Paul to endorse animal (blood) sacrifice would be utter hypocrisy on his part, yet this is how some muslims proposed the idea that say it in this regards. They quoted a verse in acts that says:

Acts 21:26
[26]Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.

Indeed, Paul accomplished the purification process. Purification is simply physical cleansing as elaborated:

Numbers 19:19-20
[19]And the clean person shall sprinkle upon the unclean on the third day, and on the seventh day: and on the seventh day he shall purify himself, and wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and shall be clean at even.
[20]But the man that shall be unclean, and shall not purify himself, that soul shall be cut off from among the congregation, because he hath defiled the sanctuary of the LORD: the water of separation hath not been sprinkled upon him; he is unclean.

Though Paul taught something like this: you cannot be justified by the law of moses, having accomplished a law of moses which is the purification suggests that the law of moses is not totally defunct. Purification is therefore an adopted Jewish practice for christianity. But with the temple of Solomon gone, how could it be practiced for a perpetual period?

and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification

It likewise say:

Acts 21:26
[26]Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.

There is a mention of an offering to be offered for everyone of them. Some muslims suggest that this is a sin offering of expiation of sins, thus indeed paul kept the torah or the law of moses with regards to animal blood sacrifice. They provided greek lexicon to prove it was sin offering.

For me, let me show you strong’s numbers (published 1890) corresponding to the greek word used for offering.

Greek: προσφορά
Transliteration: prosphora
Pronunciation: pros-for-ah’
Definition: From G4374; presentation; concretely an oblation (bloodless) or sacrifice: – offering (up).

As you can see, its bloodless oblation or offering, debunking any idea of an animal blood sacrifice. It simply is an offering, much so, bloodless. And prayers are an offering.

Malachi 1:11
[11]For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.

Revelation 5:8
[8]And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

Even offerings of praise:

Hebrews 13:15
[15]By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

By these, we can conclude. Paul never practiced any jewish custom of animal blood sacrifice, but a bloodless offering bec how could he when he at one time taught that animal sacrifice dont atone for sins but atonement is through Jesus blood?

Hebrews 10:4,10
[4]For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
[10]By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Muslims say, Paul practiced the vow of Nazirite as they quoted:

Acts 21:23-24
[23]Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;
[24]Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.

The vow of Nazirite states that those who take the oath must not have their hair shaved, meaning, having the vow is to have long hair like samson.

Judges 13:5
[5]For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.

But on this regard, Paul was in charge over those who have the vow for them to be shaved.

The law of Nazirite:

Numbers 6:13-18
[13]And this is the law of the Nazarite, when the days of his separation are fulfilled: he shall be brought unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation:
[14]And he shall offer his offering unto the LORD, one he lamb of the first year without blemish for a burnt offering, and one ewe lamb of the first year without blemish for a sin offering, and one ram without blemish for peace offerings,
[15]And a basket of unleavened bread, cakes of fine flour mingled with oil, and wafers of unleavened bread anointed with oil, and their meat offering, and their drink offerings.
[16]And the priest shall bring them before the LORD, and shall offer his sin offering, and his burnt offering:
[17]And he shall offer the ram for a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the LORD, with the basket of unleavened bread: the priest shall offer also his meat offering, and his drink offering.
[18]And the Nazarite shall shave the head of his separation at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall take the hair of the head of his separation, and put it in the fire which is under the sacrifice of the peace offerings.

Does it mean, Paul participated in the practice of the torah for being in charge over those who have the vow, to be in charge over a sin offering? Does it mean he give consent for the Nazirite vow for being in charge over those under it to have their assumed long hair to be shaved?

Nope. He only oversee the process of shaving heads and sin offering but not in anyway consensual on the Nazirite vow as he preached:

1 Corinthians 11:14
[14]Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

Therefore, we could conclude that Paul never endorsed it nor the torah as a whole bec fact is, he proclaimed the torah’s abrogation as he said:

You cannot be justified by the law of moses

Neither is any proof that paul practiced animal blood sacrifice nor at least, endorsed it as a christian custom. Though he was in charge over the ritual over the Nazarite vow to include sin offering, it was not to endorse it as christian custom, but simply as an overseer on the matter for its accomplishment bec how could he have endorsed it when he preached otherwise?

Hebrews 10:4,10
[4]For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
[10]By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Or probably, the said vow was not Nazarite nor the shaving of heads but a personal vow on themselves that could have been permitted as it say:

Ecclesiastes 5:4-5
[4]When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.
[5]Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

Clearly, it could be any vow not necessarily Nazarite. With regards to offerings, all animals offered by fire must be done on the eight day onwards.

Leviticus 22:27
[27]When a bullock, or a sheep, or a goat, is brought forth, then it shall be seven days under the dam; and from the eighth day and thenceforth it shall be accepted for an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

But look how it is inconsistent with how Paul did the purification and offering. Offering comes first before the purification as done by Paul whereas the offering of the Nazarite was on this manner: on the eight day onwards was sacrifice by fire was made. Evidently, with the Nazarite vow purification comes before offering. It is unseemly how these deluded muslims try to harmonize two inconsistent events. It only proves that Paul never did the offering of the Nazarite.

Lets look at this reality, the alleged performance of the offering of the Nazarite vow:

Acts 21:26
[26]Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, “”until that”” an offering should be offered for every one of them.

Look at that, After Paul was admonished, he did the purification the next day onwards and the offering earlier, therefore it didnt take eight days for sin offering, therefore this is not a ritual of the Nazarite vow.
Conclusively, Paul never performed any animal blood sacrifice as stated in the torah.

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