Seriously. This is one question no Christian, no pastor, and no church has ever been able to satisfactorily answer for me – and it was a question on my mind even during my most devout years. Why is God so bloodthirsty?
More and more it just seems like a reflection of dominant cultural norms at the time of the writing of the Bible. Think about it: if the Bible were penned today, would anyone write a sin/salvation story that required a blood sacrifice?