Without a doubt, we are the most advanced people to live on the earth. Our great Universities teach the most sophisticated knowledge, our technology has enabled us to conquer space, and our medical achievements are without historical peer. There is only one problem; I am starting to have some doubts.

For thousands upon thousands of years, religionists in “inferior” cultures have sacrificed human life to appease their gods. The Ugaritic texts depict the Canaanite deity Baal as a great storm god with the power of thunder and lightning in his hands. The “Prince Lord of the Earth” who sat upon Mt. Zaphon waiting for the men and women of earth to sacrifice their babies; for only with the death of human life would Baal then bring fertility to the land. Now in our age of great farming technology, we know that Baal does not determine the success of our crops and certainly we don’t need to kill babies to guarantee a good harvest. We are far too advanced to buy into that sort of religious bunk. Right?

Fast forward many thousands of years to North America where many of the native cultures practiced human sacrifice as a form of worship to appease their god’s and bring healing to the land. Human sacrifice remained an official part of Peruvian cultures until about 500 years ago when the Spanish conquered and abolished the barbarian practice. On further review, maybe it was only suppressed. Consider this AP news story from February 2004.

“Peruvian police investigate possible infant sacrifice to earth god”

A decapitated baby boy found on a hilltop near Lake Titicaca may have been the victim of a centuries-old human sacrifice ritual meant to appease a pre-Columbian earth god, police said Wednesday. The remains of the infant, believed to have been seven months old, were discovered Tuesday on a peninsula in the Yunguyo region near the Bolivian border…

Peruvian anthropologist Juan Ossio said that human sacrifices date back to the Chavin culture, which flourished in Peru between 900-200 BC… “Sacrifices were made for more than a thousand year and it is hard to get rid of deeply rooted beliefs.” Anthropologists occasionally encounter reports of human sacrifices while conducting research in Peru, although it is more common to hear about old people being buried alive in an effort to appease the earthen gods, Ossio said.

Who knew? Jack Kevorkian may have a second career as an environmental activist who kills the elderly to save the planet, but that is another story for the future.

Indeed, the idea of killing babies to appease the Earth may be a deeper reality than we have thought possible. Consider the actions of Toni Vernelli who, in an effort to save the world from Global warming, killed her unborn child through a legal abortion.

“Had Toni Vernelli gone ahead with her pregnancy ten years ago, she would know at first hand what it is like to cradle her own baby, to have a pair of innocent eyes gazing up at her with unconditional love, to feel a little hand slipping into hers – and a voice calling her Mummy.

But the very thought makes her shudder with horror. Because when Toni terminated her pregnancy, she did so in the firm belief she was helping to save the planet.

At the age of 27 this young woman at the height of her reproductive years was sterilised to “protect the planet”.Incredibly, instead of mourning the loss of a family that never was, her boyfriend (now husband) presented her with a congratulations card. While some might think it strange to celebrate the reversal of nature and denial of motherhood, Toni relishes her decision with an almost religious zeal.

“Having children is selfish. It’s all about maintaining your genetic line at the expense of the planet,” says Toni, 35.

“Every person who is born uses more food, more water, more land, more fossil fuels, more trees and produces more rubbish, more pollution, more greenhouse gases, and adds to the problem of over-population.”

For this radical new religion served by the “Imps of Science,” humans are the enemy of Nature and it only seems right that we should sacrifice our babies to appease the wrath of Mother Earth.

Kathleen Parker, Columnist for the Washington Post Writers group laments,

Although I doubt there are many willing to sterilize themselves in order to reduce the size of their carbon footprint, such extreme materialism is the evolutionary product of our gradual commodification of human life.

Suddenly, the unborn are of no greater importance than the contents of our recycling bin. Like Weight Watchers dieters substituting carbs for sugars, we trade off future members of the human race to neutralize insults to Earth’s present balance.

Is this the slippery slope that pro-lifers prophesied? Once such utilitarian concerns edge out our humanity – and once human life is deemed to have no greater value than any other life form – how long before we begin tidying up other inconveniences?

It just may be that we are at the top of the cliff because Toni is not alone in her fervor to eliminate the plague of humans that infest our earth. Diana Hull, president of Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) says,

“Human overpopulation is the fundamental environmental problem. Excessive greenhouse gases—like loss of open space, like traffic congestion, like never-ending sprawl—are one of the symptoms. Habitat loss due to population growth is the greatest threat to wildlife, a far greater threat than global warming.”

Writing in the Medical Journal of Australia Barry Walters, an associate professor of obstetric medicine at the University of Western Australia,

…is making that case. Dr Walters says every family choosing to have more than a defined number of children should be charged a carbon tax. He goes on to argue that those purchasing condoms or undergoing sterilisation procedures should be awarded carbon credits. The proposal is backed by Garry Egger, an adjunct professor of health sciences at Southern Cross University in New South Wales.

John Guillebaud, co-chairman of OPT and emeritus professor of family planning at University College London, said:

“The effect on the planet of having one child less is an order of magnitude greater than all these other things we might do, such as switching off lights. “The greatest thing anyone in Britain could do to help the future of the planet would be to have one less child.”

In 1968, Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich wrote a book entitled “The Population Bomb” in which he recommends forced sterilization and abortion as tools for controlling the population of humans that are destroying the ecosystem. And not to be outdone, the London Telegraph reports that some scientits are now suggesting that our study of the heavens is destroying the Universe… seriously, I am not kidding.

It will not be long before women who get abortions will also be seen as heroes and defenders of the nature religion.

Certainly many thousands of years have passed since the first baby was sacrificed to Baal, but maybe we have not advanced all that much. Al Gore presides as the High Priest of the new Global Warming religion, and it will not be long before his acolytes, driven by his fear mongering, will begin to embrace the cultis of human sacrifice for the sake of appeasing the angry gods of the Environment.

Be warned. The answer does not lie in politics, laws, or religion. The only hope to save people and preserve our planet is to embrace an alternative worldview rooted in the Creation story of YHWH and the salvation news of Jesus Christ. Otherwise, it will not be long before we are sacrificing babies to the gods of Global Warming.

Read more of my article on Faith & Politics @ TheFaithNews.com

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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