Thursday, April 17, 2014

The sacrificing of infants

William Carey and fellow missionary John Thomas were riding near Malda, India, in 1794 when they saw “a basket hung in a tree, in which an infant had been exposed; the skull remained, the rest having been devoured by ants.” This “holy” act of infanticide had been committed with religious fervor by a Hindu mother.

Infanticide was not uncommon in India in Carey’s day. But the British government in India ignored such sacrifice of infants—it didn’t want to interfere in religious matters of the people. The Indian masses were ready to sacrifice their lives (and their infants’) for the sake of salvation and to escape the karma-samsara cycle. The people were intensely religious and were following (though sometimes misinterpreting) written religious laws.

William Carey strongly protested these crimes against humanity. He was one of many who prodded the apparently passive government to halt or regulate a variety of harmful social practices.

You may argue that we don't do these types of things these days but I am not so sure. The level of pro choice abortions across the world is exorbitantly high and this fact would beg the truthfulness of our claim.

God doesn't ask us to sacrifice our children (pre-birth or post-birth) and He doesn't ask us to give our own lives in martyrdom to procure salvation. In fact God 'spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all'. You may say - is God not doing what we have been told we should not do? That's a valid point but the truth is that not only does he Bible say that "the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world" but it states that Jesus, the Son of God, willingly gave his life so that we might be free from the penalty of sin and know salvation (see John chapter three and chapter twelve).  

Please consider this as the only hope for this life and the next is to be found by trusting the crucified and risen, Saviour of the world, Jesus Christ. 

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