Shrines of Molech 02 Jul 2012
One of the things brought to our attention in the Old Testament is the worship of idols and false gods. Most call this type of activity as paganism. It is this “religion” that permeated the known and unknown world of both the Old and New Testament. It is most significant that in the books of Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Kings, Chronicles, Jeremiah, and even Psalms that the worship, by the Ammonites and others including Judah, of Molech/Baal is given us as a prime example of the horrors and depravity of pagan (Godless) worship. Paganism being the practices of those who do not know, believe, or follow God especially nations and peoples of the Old Testament record. Here are a few *citations from those scriptures:
2 Kings 16:2. Twenty years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem, and did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD his God, like David his father.
2 Kings 16:3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel.
Lev 20:2 Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.
Deut 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one [that] maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
2Kgs 16:3 But he [Ahaz]walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel.
2Kgs 17:17 And [Israel]they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
2Kgs 23:10 And he[Hezekiah] defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.
2Chr 33:6 And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
Ps 106:37 Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,
Jer 7:31 And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart.
Jer 19:4 Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents;
Jer 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:
Jer 19:6 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that this place shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter.
To the pagan worshipper the life of their own children was considered no more valuable than that of animals which they sacrificed to their god. Human life was cheap and meaningless. You have to ask how those parents could destroy their posterity, their generations to come, and their namesakes. This was so repugnant to God that the point was made many times ad was explicit in all terms, conditions, and standpoints. It was (and still is) an “abomination” and an act of such depravity that it is recognized as true acts of “barbarism and cruel waste of precious lives”. That’s the whole idea, the whole point of the scripture narrative. Human life is sacred and precious – especially children. But to those pagans their own personal lusts and desires came first. They only cared about appeasing a god so they could continue in greater and greater visions of humanistic reverence for pleasure ad wickedness. The life of God’s crowing creation is indeed precious and valued above all things carnal or humanistic. God called the place where children were burned to a pagan god “the valley of slaughter”. Indeed it was genocide or patricide, a practice that still exists today.
There are many accounts of mass exterminations or murder of men, women, and children. In the twentieth century alone we had numerous examples, i.e. the Holocaust, Jonestown, Iraq, Me Li, Wounded Knee, the Kurds, and many other instances that were well publicized and condemned by the world courts. Indeed those responsible for these mass murders were hunted, in many cases, and brought to “justice” for their “crimes”. National leaders proclaimed their disdain and condemnation of the perpetrators of these horrific events and it was presumed that the world population, as a whole, shared these sentiments. But does it?
In the New Testament we are given an example of a terrible atrocity. This specifically was the order to kill all children 2 years of age and younger. And the motive? A Humanistic desire to keep power and personal wants satisfied even unchallenged. It was the same kind of heartless and inhuman acts carried out by kings and rulers. These depraved people killed their parents, siblings, and children! It happened many times. It happened in Israel. It happened in Rome. It is still happening today in the United States, Britain, and Australia – nations believed to possess high moral standards, respect for the sanctity of life and human liberties.
There are shrines to the gods of Baal, Molech, and other gods of humanistic worship practices. These shrines are the reflection of a people that value the pleasures of society such as adultery and fornication, of wealth and power, of personal achievement and status, above standards of moral conduct; or standards supposedly commonly agreed upon and accepted by civilized cultures and nations. Indeed, to kill is considered morally wrong or just wrong in general. There are very few exceptions to this axiom of society and civilized behavior. This is the concept that runs through the heart of this writing, that killing is wrong, illegal, and punished under societal justice systems based on mutually accepted standards or laws. Killing, in all its forms and guises whether genocide or an individual instance is illegal, wrong, and punishable – right? Not in every case. I don’t mean people who escape punishment by treachery. I speak of instances excepted by societal justice systems regarding the taking of human life. However, there is one glaring exception to this “killing is wrong” axiom of society.
In 1973 a landmark case known as Roe vs. Wade opened the door for a special kind of sanctioned murder known as abortion. As a society we permit, authorize, and condone or at the very least turn a blind eye to the murder of children. More children have been sacrificed at the altar of the abortion clinic than died in WWII…It has become a crime of passion and convenience, and has developed as a set decayed social mores that underlie a new foundation of societal norm fraught with contempt for Christianity, God, and the true sanctity of life. If “children are our future”, then what are we saying about that future by sacrificing children on the altars of the abortion clinics?
*Note: All scripture references are from the King James Version (1762 edition) of the Holy Bible
 Old Testament a place in the valley immediately to the southwest of Jerusalem
 god of the Canaanites and Phoenicians to whom parents sacrificed their children
 any of numerous local fertility and nature deities worshipped by ancient Semitic peoples
 Town and religious compound where a large group people drank poison either deliberately or unknowingly
 It is known that brutal tortures, murders, and ethnic cleansing were practiced by the Hussein regime
 A village in North Vietnam where the entire population was massacred; noted war crime of the Vietnam war
 Site of a massacre of American Indians where men, women and children were killed
 One of the ethnic groups in Afghanistan associated with ethnic cleansing
 Herod gave the order to have all the children in Palestine slaughtered 2 years old and younger surrounding the birth of Christ I an effort to kill what he saw as a threat to his throne
 From the term Humanism which loosely means the esoteric philosophy shared by the Greeks and others wherein the pleasures of life were paramount
 Murder in self-defense, accidentally causing another person’s death, or other non-punishable causes of death
 The very high regard or recognition of the importance of human life as something to be cherished and protected