Apr 30, 2012

Child Sacrifice

In San Diego, this past weekend, an 8-year-old boy was rescued by a lady who prevented the boy's father from successfully sacrificing him, while the child's mother and sisters watched. 

Here's a link to the article:  http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Father-Sacrifice-Son-Mount-Hope-Cemeter...

The Bible tells us that God told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. What a horrible concept. 

Now, of course, we know that God was only testing Abraham and, eventually, kept him from continuing through with the sacrifice of his son. But what about Isaac? Do you think he trusted his dad after such an event?

From his perspective, it would seem that his dad went nuts. Imagine sitting at the dinner table later that night. Sarah, Isaac's mom, asks Isaac if he had fun hiking with his father. Isaac, who from this point on probably becomes a total Emo kid, mumbles the classic kid response: "it was cool, I guess." At which point, Abraham, in order to change the subject, asks his wife to kindly pass the fatted calf. 

We are not given an actual insight into the emotions and mindset of Abraham and Isaac during this event. We do know Abraham trusted God. Some scholars believe that Abraham believed God would not actually have him go through with it, or, at very least, would resurrect him right after the event.

Regardless, child sacrifice is atrocious. Thankfully, we have a God who detests the practice as well.*  That is one of the many things that set apart the God of Abraham from the other gods of his day. Those who worshipped Molech, for example, practiced child sacrifice. They would toss their newborn children onto a heated stone bowl that was part of a grotesque statue of the their god, Molech.



When Yahweh stopped Abraham from following through with the sacrifice, such an event was unheard of in the pagan world. None of their gods would have ever been merciful in such a way as to stop a child sacrifice. 

The greatness of our God is so wondrous, He even gave up His only Son as a sacrifice for us. No god is like our God. 

As for the man in San Diego who tried to sacrifice his child due to a command his dead grandmother gave him, ... hmmm, nothing more needs be said. I am just thankful God had a person nearby who was able to intervene and save that child.   

It's a crazy world.

*"There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead." - Deuteronomy 18:10-12.

Apr 24, 2012

Prison may just be the best form of retirement ... if you live in Norway.

Norway has a lower rate of recidivism than our own beloved United States of America. Could it be that they are just a calmer people over all? Perhaps. But I'm telling you that if we had prisons like the ones they have in Norway, people would be literally killing each other to get inside. (Which is pretty much what you have to do anyway).

Watch this video and marvel at the simple fact that the prison you are about to see is home to chainsaw killers, child molesters, murderers, and jay walkers. 


Apr 9, 2012

Attack of the Hill People

This picture shows the true roots of the Antelope Valley. Here, in 1910, hundreds of Antelope Valley Hill People raid the lower throngs of the flatlands to wage their annual Easter Bunnycide. Eventually, PETA stopped this insanity a few decades ago. Now, with nothing else to do, the descendents of the Hill People roam the local WalMart in the wee hours of the night while spreading creepiness and uncomfortable glances with each step they take. [[posterous-content:pid___0]]

Apr 5, 2012

Love this: "Use a Cell, Go to Hell"

For all of those who tire of hearing phones go off in church, during weddings, or funerals ... enjoy:


Apr 3, 2012

Oakland, OJ, and Ono

Three items have caught my attention today. 

The first, is the horrible shooting at Oikos Christian school in Oakland. A reality where school shootings are a normal part of life is very troubling. How horrific to envision those poor students and teachers having to undergo such a living nightmare. I pray God brings great healing to that little community and especially to those who have lost loved ones or were injured in the attack. 

The second item of intrigue is the new book coming out claiming OJ Simpson's innocence. It aims to prove the killer to be Jason Simpson, the son of OJ and Nicole. Before you start laughing keep in mind that Dan Rather is promoting this book. OK, now you can laugh. 

The third item is not so tragic. (Well, I guess it might become a tragedy. We'll see). Apparently, John, Paul, George and Ringo have four sons who are willing to form a band. A sort of "Beatles 2" thing. I wonder if they'll have a Yoko Ono problem. Genetically speaking, this might be worthy of a listen. But, I'm pretty sure it will be awkward. If genetics are the key, Kobe Bryant's father played 8 years in the NBA. But, then again, Luke Walton, another NBA player, is the son of NBA great Bill Walton. So, I guess it just depends.