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Fear Makes the World Go ’Round (continued) – 1 March 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

Sacrifice of animals to appease God or “gods” has been around for thousands of years, and just shows how corrupt human beings really are if they believe that “deities” or “rulers of the universe” that they worship are as evil as they are!

Obviously this “religious” practice is based on fear and superstition – the opposite of love. Plain old sadism again rears its ugly head! As I’ve said before, one gets more proficient at – or addicted to – what one practices, either good or evil. The fact that there are people who cling to such demonic practices and actually initiate their children (1) in what amounts to traumatic child abuse is, in my opinion, further proof that Satan is indeed the ruler of this fallen world. (2) (3) In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul the apostle refers to Satan as “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience.” He describes those who have not as yet experienced the change brought about by the Holy Spirit of God as “by nature children of wrath.” He includes himself and his readers as having been in this “children of wrath” category before their spiritual renewal. (Ephesians 2:2-3)

“Tradition” is often used as an excuse for this ungodly practice of animal torture. Well, cannibalism qualifies as a “tradition,” too. Since these practitioners of traditional evil are on a slippery downhill slope, why stop at animal sacrifice? Why not make Satan and his demons really happy by going back to cannibalism?

The animal sacrifices in the Hebrew Bible were “stop gap” measures or concessions reluctantly allowed by God after the fall of human beings who were extremely evil. In Genesis 8:21 the Lord says “…for the intent of man's [or woman’s] heart is evil from his [or her] youth.” God made it very clear that obedience is what He wanted, not sacrifice. But humans ritualized the killing of animals to “cover” for their disobedience, that is, their sins and their lack of love. In their hypocrisy and perversion of the truth, it became easy to go on sinning and just offer blood sacrifices – scapegoats – for their ungodly acts. (4)

(1) Matthew 18:6 quotes Jesus as saying:

6. but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it is better for him that a heavy millstone be hung around his neck, and that he be drowned in the depth of the sea.
~New American Standard Bible

(2) In John 8:43-44 Jesus says:

43. "Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word.

44. "You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies.”
~New American Standard Bible

(3) Also in John 14:30, Jesus says:

30. "I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world [Satan] is coming, and he has nothing in Me; ~New American Standard Bible

(4) In Isaiah 5:20, the prophet says –

20. Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
~New American Standard Bible

Go on to: Fear Makes the World Go ’Round (continued) – 2 March 2007
Return to: Fear Makes the World Go ’Round (continued) – 28 February 2007
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