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They killed their own babies

Posted by: David Carroll

Psalm 106:37-38 (NIV)

They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons. They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood.

Psalm 106 is about national repentance. The nation of Israel looks back over its history and confesses all of its sins. It is hard to imagine how God's people could become involved with this shocking sin. The Canaanites practiced sacrificing infants to the god of Molech, a fertility god, that perhaps they might be granted a good crop that year. The horror of the scene is too much to dwell on. How could anyone do such a thing? Only if life had little value, unless it was your own life. The ultimate in selfishness, the opposite of love. I can't help but think about the innocent babies being sacrificed today. For what reason? Is it not the same as we see here in this verse? But you say "her life would be ruined if she were to have this baby." How did Jesus define love?

John 15:13 (NIV)

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

A ruined life, a laid down life? For a friend? Could you not do it for your own baby? You could turn that verse around and say "Least love has no one than this, than he save his own life at the expense of another."

I think there is a swelling movement towards the pro-life choice in our country today. The argument "it's just tissue" is no longer working with the advancements in sonograms of being able to see a baby at 11 weeks smiling and sucking it's thumb. I like the reductionism argument. When does it become a baby? At birth? Six months? Three months? There is no clear dividing line until you get to conception.

So what about that mother "ruining her life?" What did Jesus say?

Luke 9:24 (NKJV)

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.

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