“You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way, for every abominable thing that the Lord hates they have done for their gods, for they even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods.” – Deuteronomy 12:31
As Christians, we are instructed throughout scripture not to worship any other god but the one true God. 1 Samuel 15:22 states that “to obey is better than sacrifice….” God is not interested in what you have to offer him other than a repentant heart and worship. He doesn’t want you to sacrifice family members in order to earn His favor or appease His wrath. Jesus took care of our punishment. We show our gratitude by worshiping Him and Him alone.
The above verse is referring to the acts people have done in the name of their God or gods. The God of Jews and Christians is opposed to some of the practices done in the name of appeasing a deity.
In past times, “people sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods,” this verse tells us, and one of those gods that the Bible mentions my name is Molech. (Leviticus 18:21, Jeremiah 32:35, Leviticus 20: 1-27). The Bible also mentions using children as burnt offerings and 2 Chronicles 33:6 and Deuteronomy 18: 10-12.
The Aztecs, Mayans, and Incas were also known for child sacrifice.
The Jewish scriptures call for imposing the death penalty for certain practices, especially in the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy.
However, while the New Testament used by Christians points out some of the same sinful offenses, it does not advocate the death penalty for such sins.
Jesus, instead, advocated an alternative of “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,” (Matthew 5:38-39).
Instead, the New Testament says: “For we know him who said, ‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay.’ And again, ‘The Lord will judge his people.’” – Hebrews 10:30
“See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:15
It is not for individuals to judge or take corporal punishment action against others but to let God, who has the power to see the truth of what all events and is in the hearts and minds of every individual – to be the ultimate and final judge.
“For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you.” – Psalm 5:4
It is well-known that Islamic religious extremists kill others because they believe the Muslim religion tells them they must kill infidels and commit terrorism, or jihad, in the name of their God, Allah.
Recently, a Muslim extremist, a taxi driver, dragged a boy from his taxi onto the streets and beheaded him. The man shattered the nearest glass bottle he could find and used a shard of glass to cut off the boy’s head. The motivation behind such an act was that the boy’s mother was a Shiite Muslim.
Moments before he decapitated the child, the man asked the mother if she was a Shia. She and her son were on their way to worship at the shrine of the prophet Mohammed in Medina.
The Shia Rights Watch group, based out of Washington, D.C., has called it an act of “sectarian violence” and is demanding that the Saudi government immediately address the beheading.
“The population still suffers because of the lack of international commitment to end such violations,” the rights group wrote. “Beheading of a young child in such a manner must be addressed ASAP.”