when i was younger and first starting to learn about the bible, i was always shocked to hear about ancient cultures/religions that sacrificed babies. it seemed to me that other sins- pride, sex outside of marriage, hate, murder- crossed cultures, but that infant sacrifice was horrifyingly unique to these early cultures.
in recent years, i have realized that abortion is our culture’s infant sacrifice. somehow it seems more acceptable to some people because it happens inside of the womb. maybe its an easier pill to swallow this way because most people can avoid seeing the reality: how the child is burning and convulsing before succumbing to death (as in a saline abortion), or feel how difficult it is to tear the developing muscle structure of the limbs from the body of the child (as in a D&E abortion). [more on this here]
the reality is that babies are helpless. that is why it is so easy to manipulate them and use them for our purposes. more specifically, when a baby comes along unplanned, he or she is often sacrificed to gods of “career”, “success”, “reputation”, “fortune” or “good looks”. this type of human sacrifice may seem different because it is now an accepted “medical procedure” but the underlying desire is the same: taking advantage of the weak to get what you want.
psalm 127:3 says, “sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.” but even among Christians who claim to love the bible, children can be as a disruption to one’s plans rather than a blessing from God (I once felt this way)… probably as a result of thinking influenced more by culture than by the bible.
“you adulterous people! do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” james 4:4