How terrible! We did not read that last sentence in our lesson time because my girls would have nightmares over it! I'm nearly in tears as I write about it. I hope that this is a myth, but know in my heart that if it's not, those babies are in the arms of Jesus.
The most terrible god the Phoenicians worshiped was named Moloch. He supposedly demanded human sacrifices, so parents offered their children to show their devotion. Trumpets and flutes played loudly to drown out the cries of the babies as they burned in the blazing fire in the god's lap.
Does anyone else have trouble reading about these and other terrible events in history? Those people had to have been brainwashed to sacrifice their children to a god whose statue "viciously awaits the sacrifice of a living child in his flaming, hollow stomach." (Streams of Civilization, Vol. 1) The really sad thing is knowing that civilizations exist today that sacrifice their children in a number of ways, including war training/fighting and sex slavery. I'm so thankful that we serve the one true God who loves us so much that He gave the ultimate sacrifice of His son. It's by His grace that we are saved and by His sacrifice that we live. I praise God for my freedoms as I pray for those in bondage.