God and human sacrifice


Most people know about the story of Abraham and Isaac, but that is not what I’ll be talking about, because God backed out of the idea at the last minute and passed it off as a test. A real case of human sacrifice in the Bible can be found in Judges.

“Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jephthah. He crossed Gilead and Manasseh, passed through Mizpah of Gilead, and from there he advanced against the Ammonites. And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord: “If you give the Ammonites into my hands, whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the Lord’s, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.”

Then Jephthah went over to fight the Ammonites, and the Lord gave them into his hands. He devastated twenty towns from Aroer to the vicinity of Minnith, as far as Abel Keramim. Thus Israel subdued Ammon.

When Jephthah returned to his home in Mizpah, who should come out to meet him but his daughter, dancing to the sound of timbrels! She was an only child. Except for her he had neither son nor daughter. When he saw her, he tore his clothes and cried, “Oh no, my daughter! You have brought me down and I am devastated. I have made a vow to the Lord that I cannot break.” – Judges 11:29-35

So, God helps Jephthah destroy the Ammonites, and in return he promises God a human sacrifice. God never says anything against it, and if he is real and omniscient, he clearly knew what was going to happen.

It gets even more ridiculous when Jephthah’s daughter agrees to this! Indoctrination at it’s finest. But before she is sacrificed she goes off into the hills and ‘weeps because she will never marry’. Yep, she’s not sad because she’s about to be killed and sacrificed to God, she’s only sad because she’ll never get married.

Other verses that support the idea that God likes human sacrifice include:

Exodus 22:29 “Do not hold back offerings from your granaries or your vats. You must give me the firstborn of your sons.”

Numbers 31:25-28 The Lord said to Moses, “You and Eleazar the priest and the family heads of the community are to count all the people and animals that were captured. Divide the spoils equally between the soldiers who took part in the battle and the rest of the community. From the soldiers who fought in the battle, set apart as tribute for the Lord one out of every five hundred, whether people, cattle, donkeys or sheep. – Shortly after comes Numbers 31:40, which says: “16,000 people, of whom the tribute for the Lord was 32.”

Well, God makes it clear in the Old Testament that he likes animal sacrifice, and I guess humans are just a step up from that!

Image courtesy of Arvind Balaraman at FreeDigitalPhotos.net



One thought on “God and human sacrifice

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s