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Deuteronomy 18:10 Lists eight abominable practices that were not to be done in the land, the murder of children for sacrifice is number ONE. When a people or nation willing murder their innocent young they cut off the future and all promises and blessings that might have come into being. It takes a special mindset to cheer and promote the murder of children and somehow believe it's a good use of freedom (50 million since roe vs wade). There is no evil, thinking themselves wise they became fools that won't seem right or proper for a people or nation, once the first step on this path is taken. Look around your town and the world evils are happening today that a short time pasted would not have stood, much less been promoted by the elected. Biblical history is very clear on the destruction of nations and people on this path that did not stop or repent, He spared not even Israel for her folly. Consider how many times we may have murdered those that God sent to cure mankind of cancer or any other sickness. "The malice of the wicked, is reinforced by the weakness of the virtuous" Winston Churchill
Child sacrifice may be horrific for us modern Christians. But it you think hard about it, child sacrifice reflects a highly advanced theology. The concept of offering "the best" to a deity is understandable to us. We give God our best, not our scraps or leftovers. Abel offered the firstborn of his flock and of their fatty portions. (Genesis 4:4) The more valuable the sacrifice, the more favor it receives. For these people who offer children, the logic is clear: 1. If we would offer "the best", and 2. Man is "the best" of all creation, and 3. A young child is more valuable than an old man, therefore 4. Sacrificing a young child would get the most favor from the deity. Not to be outdone, Christ took it one step further. What is more valuable than a man? Answer: a God-Man. On the cross, God the Son offers God the Son to God the Father.
Human sacrifice was ordinarily resorted to, no doubt, only in times of great distress, but it seems to have been practiced among the old Canaanitish tribes with some frequency (Dt 12:31). The Israelites are said to have borrowed it from their Canaanite neighbors (2 Ki 16:3; 2 Ch 28:3), and as a matter of fact human sacrifices were never offered to Yahweh, but only to various gods of the land. The god who was most frequently worshipped in this way was Moloch or Molech, the god of the Ammonites (2 Ki 23:10; Lev 18:21; 20:2), but from Jeremiah we learn that the Phoenician god Baal was, at least in the later period of the history, also associated with Molech in receiving this worship (Jer 19:5; 31:35). It is clear from many general statements that the custom was widespread among the masses of the people as well. It is forbidden in the Mosaic legislation (Lev 18:21; 20:2-5; Dt 18:10); it is said in 2 Ki 17:17 that the sacrifice of sons and daughters was one of the causes of the captivity of the ten tribes. -- William Joseph McGlothlin The land of Canaan was filled with people who rejected the ways of God. Even after they saw what the God of the Hebrews did in Egypt with the 12 plagues, they refused to obey Him. After they were pushed out of the land, or inter-married, they refused to give up their gods or their practices. The worship of other gods often included human sacrifice, including the sacrifice of children. God hated these practices, and when the people who did them refused to give up their idol worship and evil deeds, God issued justice through the nation of Israel. These false gods included Baal, Molech, and Ashtoreth. “You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord” (Leviticus 18:21). “And he defiled Topheth, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, that no one might burn his son or his daughter as an offering to Molech” (2 Kings 23:10). These passages are very clear rebukes of the practice of human sacrifice, as God told His people in no uncertain terms that His people were not to participate in the sacrifice. -- Bethany Verrett
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