[video=youtube;ZGEDVTDf2tk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGEDVTDf2tk[/video] I happened upon a man's video series on YouTube. The series is his defense against the theme of blood atonement in the old and new covenants. Here is the link to the comments page. His appeal is that Jesus' message is contradictory to the "blood thirsty" God of the OT prophets and ancient Hebrews, and that Jesus rather taught forgiveness and mercy without blood atonement or payment for sin. His proof text for his belief is Hosea 6:6: Now, I don't doubt there is a sort of new-age influence in his view of Jesus teaching about forgiveness, and it is clear that he rejects NT inspiration and historicity. I was hoping we could generate some discussion about his points of debate in the above link. Maybe a good place to start is: Why does God require blood atonement for sin? Isn't he a God of mercy and love? Also, any loving critique about the way I approached him will be humbly accepted.