I would like to talk about sacrificing to God, as it is a religious holiday today. But does God want us to sacrifice ourselves, or any of our possessions? Supposedly sacrificing is a way of showing praise to God. But does God want praise?
Ever since the beginning of mankind, man has been prostrating before God. The Incas, and Aztecs sacrificed people to their Gods. The cults and religions of today continue to sacrifice to their Gods. These include the major religions of the world today.
We may not be sacrificing people, but we are still offering food, money, and abstinence to the Gods. For example, religions have certain days that we are to avoid certain food, or even abstain from all foods. There are also selected days where some activities are not permitted. But does God need sacrifice and praise, or is this a human trait?
If we look out throughout history, it is the evil dictators, the madmen who demanded praise and sacrifice from their people. It is repulsive to place these people in the same category as God.
Sacrificing is a good trait, if it leads to helping others. For example, parents sometimes sacrifice themselves to help their children. People sacrifice themselves in helping the less fortunate. But by us sacrificing to God, what does it accomplish, whom does it help? If the answer is oneself, then it may not be what God wants.
Sacrificing and praising God may be a man made rituals. We must continue to separate what is man made, and what originated from God in our sacred books. We must help others. This is what God wants.