“And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not: Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.”
— Leviticus 20:4-5
It’s been a hideously wicked fascination of mankind from the earliest days.
Child sacrifice – the grisly rite of demonic false gods with strange names like Moloch or Molech and Baal and Ashteroth and Dagon and Chemosh.
The Ammonites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Philistines, the Moabites and many more ancient people built altars, heated up their furnaces and tossed their children, usually newborns, into the fire, covering up the screams with the pounding of drums. Why did they do it? They believed the gods they sacrificed to would bring them prosperity and good fortune.
Only the One True God of Israel condemned the horror, as it is explained throughout the Bible, like in Jeremiah 19:5: “They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind.”
When I read those words, it reminds me how dark mankind’s imaginations are that they can conceive of monstrous barbarities an omniscient and righteous Creator could not.
In part, the children of Israel were led by God on their Exodus to the promised land to judge the pagan populace, casting them out as they entered. They were commanded as they traveled, in Leviticus 18:21, “And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord.”
God opposed this practice so strongly that it carried the death penalty not only for anyone who would take part in it, but even for those who hid “their eyes” from the practice and tolerated it in their midst.
Yet, this was a worldwide phenomenon, not just a Middle East rage. The historical and archaeological record tells us child sacrifice to pagan gods took place also throughout Latin America, was practiced by the Druids of Europe, in Carthage in North Africa and through much of the Far East.
The children of Israel fell into the practice themselves when they mingled with their neighbors instead of following God’s advice and removing them completely from the land. Even the wisest man in the world, King Solomon, stumbled into the rite through his association with foreign wives. Later, other kings of both Israel and Judah followed suit. Child sacrifice by Judah led directly to the Babylonian captivity as well as to the dispersion of the Northern Kingdom of Israel.
But that’s all over today in these enlightened times, right? No longer do we countenance that kind of atrocious behavior, correct?
It may be hard to believe, but the abomination continues today in supposedly “civilized” and “progressive” societies. It does so in record numbers.
The major difference today is in the way they stifle the sound of the cries.
In 2018 alone, 41.9 million children worldwide were sacrificed before birth. We call it abortion, or, as Nancy Pelosi puts it, “a woman’s right to choose.”
To put that statistic in context, it was far and away the No. 1 cause of death in the world.
By comparison, 8.2 million people died from cancer in 2018, 5 million from smoking and 1.7 million died of HIV/AIDS.
Here are some other shocking stats:
- 23 percent of all pregnancies ended in abortion in 2018;
- for every 33 live births that took place, 10 babies were sacrificed to the gods of “convenience” and “choice”;
- there were more deaths from abortion in 2018 than all deaths from cancer, malaria, HIV/AIDS, smoking, alcohol and traffic accidents combined.
The annual March for Life in the United States will take place in Washington, D.C., Jan.18, 2019, with the theme “Unique from Day One.”
The stated purpose of the march is to end abortion by “uniting, educating and mobilizing pro-life people in the public square.”
The annual march commemorates the Jan. 22, 1973, Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade that effectively invalidated 50 state laws and made abortion legal and available on demand throughout the United States.
Remember, God will not forgive us for merely turning our eyes away from this slaughter.
Proverbs 6:16-19 tells us: “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”