We think of human sacrifice as something of the distant past, but some religions still practice this—whether directly or indirectly. Various religions perform such sacrifices to please their gods so that the followers will be blessed with riches and comfort on earth or in heaven after death.
1 Corinthians 10:19-20 says, “Do I mean then that a sacrifice offered to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God…” If someone offers a sacrifice of some sort to any god but the one true God, he or she is actually making that sacrifice to demons. I’m sure demons are happy with whatever they can get, but it made me think: What kind of sacrifice would be most coveted by demons? I believe it would be human sacrifices. A dead person no longer has a chance to be saved from hell.
- Islam is one of the most obvious examples of a religion in which human sacrifice is still being practiced. Devout Muslims believe that the only way to be guaranteed entrance into paradise is to die in jihad. No Muslim knows whether or not he or she’s lived a good enough life to get to heaven. Human sacrifice (of self) is the only way a Muslim can know that he or she has pleased Allah adequately to earn his or her way into paradise.
- Jehovah’s Witnesses have a doctrine that says that blood transfusions are unacceptable. To make the issue more complex, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society seems inconsistent and confused on the various technologies that they allow. Hundreds of Jehovah’s Witnesses have died because of this policy. The most heart-wrenching stories involve children who need such treatment, but the parents don’t allow it. This policy is self-sacrifice or sacrifice of children to appease Jehovah, based on a verse that says not to eat meat with blood in it (Acts 15:29).
- In the 1800s, Mormons held to a doctrine of blood atonement. This demanded that if someone committed a horrible sin, such as murder or adultery, his or her own blood would be shed through death to atone for that sin. It’s unclear whether the religion still officially believes this doctrine, but the Mormons who committed human sacrifice of others or themselves certainly believed it.
- The first time a Wiccan or someone of similar beliefs points to a tree and tells you that tree is his or her god, any frustration you have for the confused ideas of the lost world becomes pity. Environmentalism is a religion for many people, and Mother Earth is their god. The space shuttle Columbia exploded on re-entry due to a chunk of the insulating foam breaking off earlier in the mission. The foam had been replaced because of an EPA directive to no longer use foam that used Freon as a component. A similar story of a technology change for environmental purposes is the Challenger disaster of 1986. Fourteen of America’s brightest individuals died for Mother Earth. You can check out this article.
- The worship of Molech is discussed in the Bible. At one time the Israelites had an idol of Molech right outside of Jerusalem. They would start a fire inside the metal idol until it glowed red hot, and then place their babies in the outstretched arms of the idol. If they carried out this sacrifice, they believed, Molech would ensure their prosperity and ease of life.
Today Molech is unheard of, but abortion is common and broadly accepted. The end result isn’t any different than placing a child into the hands of a burning statue. It is killing a child so that the mother and father can go on to college or careers without a “burden,” or because they can’t afford to raise the child, or another reason that is chillingly similar to that of those who sacrificed to Molech—prosperity and ease of life.
Proverbs 8:35–36 says, “For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death.”
Is there any doubt that whatever power dominates these religions and systems hate the LORD? Is there any doubt that they love death?