I'm am curious at the views people have with regard to sacrifice and their faith. Especially when I take an anthropological view with how sacrifice was effected univiersally among all tribes and nations. Then I wonder Christianities application of it. I hope I can get some views and idea's from others. Sacrifice in the old english context had the connotation of "to make sacred". The latin root form from sacrifice is to set apart. Or dedication. Its interesting to note the Hebrew word for it is Korban or Qorbanot or "to draw near/approach". From a Jewish perspective there are three reasons to give a sacrifice 1)to Give 2) substitution and 3) coming closer. Most pagan views offer sacrifice hold to these three premises but with a differing understanding. Often their gods have needs like meat. In the stories from ancient summeria when sacrifices were made the Gods "came like flies" to eat the spiritual aspect of the sacrifice. You can see a relation of this in vietnamese budhist where they offer food to their idols. The ancient aztecs use to kill people by the thousands to help the sun through the sky. There seems to be something inate in man to need to sacrifice to placate a deity. What are some comparisions of Christianity to this how is it different in application and does it end somewhere or is it an essential element to our faith?