Alter used for sacrifices to Moloch near Ariel, Samaria

WORSHIPING MOLOCH – The human sacrifice of children to assure prosperity.

I travel often to the Middle East in my capacity as the chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition. Many times I am exposed to locations and situations that most people, travelling on tour buses or part of official delegations, do not see when in this area of the world. In June of 2010, I was in Samaria dealing with issues of religious freedom.  NOTE: Western leaders and the media refer to Samaria as the “West Bank.” Those who refer to Samaria as the West Bank do so because they refuse to admit that it was ever a part of Israel, even in Biblical times.

Recently I stayed in an apartment in Samaria belonging to friends, a Messianic Jewish couple whose son was severely injured in a bombing in 2008. A short distance from their apartment in Ariel is located a newly found sacrificial altar to the god Moloch, which was carved from rock about the time Solomon became involved with pagan gods. Seeing this alter first hand and actually touching it gave me chills as I recalled its use in Biblical times.

Altar used for sacrifices to Moloch near Ariel, Samaria

Altar to Moloch

Typical of all altars of that day, including altars to Jehovah for animal sacrifices, the stone had been carved to show four horns, one at each corner. However, altars to Moloch were used for the sacrifice of human beings, not goats or lambs. As I looked upon it, a sense of how little has changed in 2,000 years overcame me.

Moloch was one of many pagan gods worshiped by means of human sacrifice. Pagans who worshiped Moloch often sacrificed one of their own children, who was ritually murdered and then placed in a sacrificial altar of fire. The sacrifice of the child was to assure a blessing of prosperity for the family. Some followed the Canaanite practice of placing under the front doorstep of the family home, the bones that remained after the burning of the child.

In short, a child was murdered for the promised convenience and prosperity the family was to receive from Moloch. This sounds barbaric to those of us living in the 21st century. It seems barbaric until it is realized that since the Roe v. Wade decision, nearly 50 million babies have been murdered legally in the United States for the convenience or prosperity of their mothers and other family members. Abortion has the same intended outcome of personal and family prosperity as did the sacrifice of a child at the altar of Moloch.

There are some differences between abortion today as a means of obtaining prosperity, and human sacrifice to Moloch thousands of years ago.  For one thing, the pagans actually buried their dead children whereas in the United States and other Western nations their little bodies are flushed down toilets, tossed in dumpsters or used in medical experiments. Other than burial method, there is not much difference between the ancient ritual killings and today’s medically sanitized disposal of the young to somehow benefit their elders.

William J. Murray is the chairman of Washington, DC based Religious Freedom Coalition and the author of The Pledge: One Nation Under God

3 replies
  1. Esther Gynther
    Esther Gynther says:

    Children are the most beautiful gift we can have in our life and we must be grateful to God for them.
    Yes, children are given for sacrifice for the comfort of there parents; abortions, abandoned, no cared and
    no loved. I have had this gift three times in my life and one of them I had to give back to God but I am happy
    because I know that he is with his Heavenly Father and Jesus whom he loved all his life. His name is Timothée and he died nine years ago and he was 12 years old. His story is on
    God bless all children in the world and there guardian angle see God face to face.

  2. Matteo Arena
    Matteo Arena says:

    Obviously a living child is killed and suffers the same way as a fetus does.
    So why not, abortion is ok, let’s all start sacrificing our childrens after some years in, to have more money and prosperity. Not only that, let’s make the killing a ritual, because abortion is a ritual, done only for the religious purpose of having a better life.
    That makes sense.

    Or wait no let’s not let the abortions come, afterall a drug addicted lady whore should have a lots of childs so that they can live all their happy lives out there.

    It’s absurd that every child that borns in the world has to be tainted by inhuman religions and stupid beliefs, totally abandoned in the hand of human’s madness.
    Even more, that people try to rationalize and justify blood sacrifices.

    This earth deserves cleansing from the human race, for it is totally tainted in its own stupidity.


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