SPIRITUAL RESPONSIBILITY

In your daily experience are you inclined to make others responsible for your troubles? When a problem confronts you, do you look for something or someone other than yourself to blame? Seeking out a person, thing, or condition on which to unload blame is sometimes called looking for a scapegoat, and it is nothing new to mortal mind.

The ancient practice of placing all the sins on a goat and banishing it to the wilderness is described in Leviticus (16:10): "The goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness." It was a twice-a-year ritual in Japan to place the impurities of the people on a horse, to be washed away in the sea. The ancient Romans and Greeks similarly sought to transfer their guilt to a human victim, who was thrown into the sea or otherwise destroyed.

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