Abortion — America’s Child Sacrifice

Title: Abortion – America’s Child Sacrifice

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Text: Leviticus 18:21

Date: January 25th, 2009

This past week marked the sad thirty-sixth anniversary of the Row v. Wade Supreme Court abortion decision that basically legalized abortion in all fifty states. Abortion has been legal in the United States for over three decades. Millions upon millions of babies have died as a result. To make matters worse, we’ve just elected a new president who quickly reversed all the laws against giving foreign aid to abortion providers overseas. So now our tax dollars will be going to fund abortion in other countries as well as our own. We have seen some positive developments occur in restricting and limiting abortion in the United States over the last eight years, but many of those gains might be eliminated with the new president because he is so strongly committed to abortion rights. If trends continue we will probably see more setbacks in our efforts to curtail and eliminate legal abortion. But while we struggle here on earth we have to ask the important question from time-to-time, “What does God Almighty think of all this?” After all, in the final analysis it isn’t what we as men and women think of abortion, it’s what God thinks that counts. If God’s Word is true, and we assume that it is as Christians, there will be a day of reckoning for any and every nation that permits the killing of innocent children to continue – whatever people may call it. The judgment of God must come upon the United States and other nations that permit aboard to legally continue; if not, God would have to apologize for destroying the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, as the Reverend Jerry Falwell was so famous for saying. But why would God judge America for abortion? Many people are confused as to why abortion is so wrong. To understand God’s mind in respect to abortion today, we must understand God’s mind in respect to the ancient practice of child sacrifice, because abortion is actually a modern-day version of the ancient practice of child sacrifice. I know that statement may seem outrageous and controversial, but if we think about it, if we compare what child sacrifice was in ancient times and then understand what abortion is today, we’ll see that it essentially the same thing under another name. Why is abortion so wrong? Why is God so opposed to abortion today? Because God was strongly against child sacrifice in the ancient world and abortion is a modern form of child sacrifice, and therefore, God is strongly opposed to abortion today. We should be strongly opposed to it also – strongly opposed enough to fight abortion in any and every way possible. We should never, ever vote for an abortion-supporting politician. We should never support an organization or institution that supports abortion. We should never let the abortion debate end until abortion is prohibited in the United States once again. And we should continue to pray against abortion, and we should also attempt to persuade others to oppose abortion. I’d like to take a few minutes today to demonstrate that modern abortion is the equivalent to ancient child sacrifice. Hopefully, this type of argument can convince more people to oppose abortion today. Leviticus 18:21, “Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord.” Let me explain this by asking a few questions and then answering them.

First, what is child sacrifice? Leviticus 18:21, “Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord.” The first question we naturally ask when we read God’s prohibition against child sacrifice is, “Why would anybody want to sacrifice their child in the first place?” The practice of offering a child as a sacrifice to the gods in the ancient world was common. Not that most adults did it, so in that sense it wasn’t common. But in the sense that in most cultures of the ancient world it was known to take place, it was practiced and people knew about it even if most people didn’t participate in it. And people understood why it was done. But for us it seems like a strange practice. Why would anyone sacrifice their child in the fire to the gods? Well the answer is that the person sacrificing his or her child in the fire to the gods was trying to please the gods. Most of the ancient cultures were polytheistic, or in other words, most ancient religion was a belief in many gods. There was a god of the forest, a god of the water, a god of the field, and so on. There were also higher gods and lesser gods. For example in ancient Greece Zeus was the highest God and under him were lesser gods like Hermes, Mercury, etc. In the land of the Middle East there was a popular god named Molech worshipped by the Ammonites. It was popular and common for children to be sacrificed to the god Molech in order to bring blessing and prosperity to people. The reason people sacrificed their children to the gods like Molech was in order to gain the favor of the god. It could be financial prosperity, it could be health, it could be abundance and blessings, it could be military victory, or it could be success in some area of life. It was believed that by sacrificing the life of a precious child the gods would look upon the people with favor and reward them in some way. How was the sacrifice done? Usually the child was burned upon an alter of fire as a sacrifice. In fact, in the original Hebrew language of the Old Testament in this passage, the word translated “sacrifice” means literally to “pass through the fire.” So God is literally saying to the children of Israel not to copy the pagan nations around them and sacrifice their children on alters of fire in order to gain his favor. It not only doesn’t gain God Almighty’s favor, it actually provokes his wrath against the people. Of course, the question of Abraham and his offering his son Isaac as a sacrifice comes up. Isn’t this a form of child sacrifice? Yes, but the point is that God stopped it, ended it, thus communicating to Abraham and to all his children in future generations that the pagan practice of child sacrifice is wrong and should no longer be done. It took the dramatic demonstration to Abraham that God is against such a practice. The only acceptable human sacrifice that God would ever approve was the sacrifice of his own Son Jesus on the cross for our sins; all other such offerings are prohibited. Now how does this relate to the modern practice of abortion? Let’s see.

Second, what is abortion? Leviticus 18:21, “Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord.” I’m saying that the present day practice of abortion is the same as the ancient practice of child sacrifice. But before I explain further, let’s define what is abortion. Simply put, abortion is the taking of an unborn child’s life. For whatever reasons, a mother consents to have a doctor kill her unborn child within her womb. Infanticide is the killing of a child just after it is born, but abortion is the killing of a child before it is born. Thankfully, infanticide is still illegal in the United States and most other countries, but unfortunately abortion is perfectly legal in the United States and most other countries. It’s legal to kill a baby in the womb just moments before birth, but just after birth that baby cannot be killed or it’s considered murder. What the difference is as far as the actual physical condition of the baby is impossible to tell. It’s essentially the same baby, although in respect to the law, it’s physical location, it’s geography, determines whether it can be killed or not legally. That’s an example of how contradictory our laws are — how unfair and unjust these laws are. Ok, that’s what happens with abortion. But why would a mother choose to undergo an abortion? Why would a mother choose to end the life of her unborn baby? Just like in the case of child sacrifice, there is the practice of it and then there is the explanation as to why it happens. So too with abortion. There is the practice of abortion and then there is the explanation as to why it takes place. There are many different reasons why women have abortions. There are financial reasons. Some women feel they can’t afford the baby or that another baby would be too much of a financial strain on the family, or the woman works and can’t afford to stop working and care for a child. There are lifestyle reasons. Some women don’t want a child in their lives because they are pursuing an education or career or it would interfere with their particular lifestyle or favorite activities. There are social reasons. Some women aren’t married and pregnant; they don’t want to be embarrassed by an illegitimate child. There are emotional and psychological reasons. Some women don’t feel they can handle parenthood and motherhood. Some feel they are too young, too immature, too irresponsible, or too incapable of raising a child. There are physical reasons. Some women are afraid of the health complications of carrying a child to full term and giving birth. Some wish to keep their bodies fit and trim by avoiding birth. There are many reasons why women choose to abort their baby. But my point is that most of these reasons are similar to the reasons why ancient people used to sacrifice their children to the gods – to gain some benefit, for some personal advantage. If there were nothing to gain, then child sacrifice would never take place. It’s the same with abortion. If there were nothing to gain, abortion would not take place. By aborting her child a woman hopes to gain financial advantages (or savings), physical benefits (avoiding wear and tear), emotional or psychological benefits (less stress), and social benefits (unwelcome comments, talk, etc.). In order to gain these benefits a woman today sacrifices her baby. It’s a form of child sacrifice. Let me explain further.

Third, why abortion is child sacrifice. Leviticus 18:21, “Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord.” The ancient people used to sacrifice babies on a fiery alter in order to gain things for themselves. Today, women sacrifice their baby in an abortion doctor’s office in order to gain things for themselves or to keep things for themselves that the baby threatens to take away. There are only a few rare cases where the life of the mother is in danger that might possibly justify killing the baby in her womb in order to save her own life. These rare cases are so few and far between that they aren’t even worth mentioning. The vast majority of abortions, millions and millions of abortion performed annually, are done for selfish reason of the mother. She is literally sacrificing her unborn baby for her own happiness or fulfillment in life. Now some people may say that in ancient times child sacrifice was performed for religious purposes, while today’s abortions are not performed for any religious reasons. That isn’t exactly true. While it is true that in ancient times children were sacrificed to different gods and the context was a religious ceremony, today’s modern practice of abortion is in a different context, but not entirely different. Abortion today is a sacrifice to the god of Self. In ancient times, the gods were seen as outside of one’s own self, but today with the decline of worship to the One, True God people aren’t any less religious, they just worship a different god. Today the reigning deity is the god of Self. Women today sacrifice their unborn child as an offering to the god of Self – self-fulfillment, self-esteem, self-sufficiency, self-awareness, self-determination, self-empowerment, self-love, etc. Just because a woman isn’t sacrificing her child to an ancient idol today doesn’t mean that she isn’t offering her child to a god. Children today die at the alter of the god of Self. Unborn children today die through abortion mostly because their mother puts herself above all things including her own baby. Abortion is a selfish act performed by selfish women. It is a form of child sacrifice because women sacrifice their own unborn child to death for selfish reasons. The ancient people used to sacrifice their own children for selfish reasons only it was within an obvious religious context. But today abortion is done, women sacrifice their own children for selfish reasons, only it isn’t obviously religious. Yet if we look at the context closer we see that the abortion is performed for selfish reasons, the child is sacrificed on the alter to the god of Self. The woman puts herself ahead of everything else including her baby. We need to realize that God opposes abortion just as much as he opposed the ancient practice of child sacrifice. We need to join God in his opposition to abortion. I hope you will commit to praying for the end of abortion and that you will do everything within your own power to oppose abortion – ranging from trying to persuade others to oppose it, to never voting for a pro-abortion political candidate. We should never let the abortion issue die.

 

 

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