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There is a story in Genesis 22: 1 about Abraham and his son, Isaac. Before this, the Bible tells the story of Abraham and his wife and, in their old age, they wanted a child. God blessed them with this child with one of his miracles.
Then, the story takes a dark turn when God told Abraham to take Isaac and sacrifice him. Many young church-goers are taught this story in a bright light for Abraham’s blind obedience to a God. Of course, God tells him to stop right before he kills him.
Now, we can get into the sick thought of any god telling someone to do this any day–but this story didn’t originate in this religion. There’s another god which asked for the sacrifice of children.
Baal was a god spoken of in the Bible, along with Moloch. The worship of these gods involved the sacrifice of children. Baal is mentioned in several places, including Jeremiah and Hosea. He is described as a Canaanite god.
But why would anyone worship a god that forces them to sacrifice children?
According to Live Science, many species actually eat their young. Most likely, they may have used the worship of the gods as an excuse, but the meat did not go to waste. When food was short, people would sacrifice their children and use their bodies for food.
This practice has actually been studied among animals, and there are a lot of reasons they might do it. The obvious is because there is a food shortage, but some studies indicate they may have acquired an energy source from it.
Many other possibilities of this type of cannibalism, filial cannibalism, include reproductive benefits. Eggs often develop faster, and eating young also might increase mate attractiveness. Many species also just eat the “runt” of the litter, or eat part of their offspring to focus on the rest of them.
With God instructing Abraham to sacrifice his son, and then stopping him, it sends a message at how much God actually hates Baal worship and the sacrifice of children. After all, one of the Ten Commandments says “You shall not murder.”