It rips our hearts out. It is, as we know it to be, an abomination.
You stated, "Encouraging someone to murder a child – let alone your own child – is probably the most inhumane thing a person can do." You are absolutely correct.
The issue, and you are correct here also, is that "it shows in a few seconds why our conflict persists." It is a worldwide conflict now. My brother told me that every 84 hours there is a terrorist act in Europe. [ http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/31/europe/isis-attacks-escalating-europe/index.html ]
The hate that is propagated is festering.
You also said, "Imagine your own child at that age. Think of his smile. Imagine her laugh. Picture the unrestrained joy and innocence that only a child possesses."
And I want you all to watch this video of a pre-born child in perfect innocent peace exploring, learning, and enjoying life...before birth.
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Continuing you said that, "Encouraging someone to murder a child – let alone your own child – is probably the most inhumane thing a person can do" and then you asked, "What did this child do to deserve this? The answer is: nothing. He is innocent." Was he only innocent after he was born?
In the Bible God says the same thing, that murdering the innocent is inhuman. Where does it say this? We are created in God's image and therefore are to live according to Him, His truths, His justice, His mercy, His love. We are being inhuman and unGodly when the innocent are murdered.
Yes, "peace begins with respect. If parents don't respect their own children's lives, how will they respect the lives of their neighbors?" If parents murder their pre-born, how will they respect any life? Legalized child sacrifice is an abomination. It is inhuman and it is unGodly.
It is also why there will be no peace until the world repents, tears down its altars of child sacrifice disguised as health care clinics and hospitals.
God does not forgive legalized child sacrifice. It is Israel's and Judah's history. Learn it, teach it. If parents teach hate and you want them to teach love, then love all the children from the time of conception when they are created uniquely in the image of the One True God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
God forgave King Manasseh who repented and tore down the altars. His grandson lead a great revival. Then the judgment came. The Biblical consequence of child sacrifice is invasion and conquest.
In 2 Kings 17 the King of Assyria invaded the northern kingdom of Israel and sent the people into exile. Why? Read from 17:7 (the word "because" is important, yes?) through to 17:18.
7 Now this came about because the sons of Israel had sinned against the Lord their God, who had brought them up from the land of Egypt from under the hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and they had feared other gods 8 and walked in the customs of the nations whom the Lord had driven out before the sons of Israel, and in the customs of the kings of Israel which they had introduced. 9 The sons of Israel did things secretly which were not right against the Lord their God. Moreover, they built for themselves high places in all their towns, from watchtower to fortified city. 10 They set for themselves sacred pillars and Asherim on every high hill and under every green tree, 11 and there they burned incense on all the high places as the nations did which the Lord had carried away to exile before them; and they did evil things provoking the Lord. 12 They served idols, concerning which the Lord had said to them, “You shall not do this thing.” 13 Yet the Lord warned Israel and Judah through all His prophets and every seer, saying, “Turn from your evil ways and keep My commandments, My statutes according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you through My servants the prophets.” 14 However, they did not listen, but stiffened their neck like their fathers, who did not believe in the Lord their God. 15 They rejected His statutes and His covenant which He made with their fathers and His warnings with which He warned them. And they followed vanity and became vain, and went after the nations which surrounded them, concerning which the Lord had commanded them not to do like them. 16 They forsook all the commandments of the Lord their God and made for themselves molten images, even two calves, and made an Asherah and worshiped all the host of heaven and served Baal. 17 Then they made their sons and their daughters pass through the fire, and practiced divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking Him. 18 So the Lord was very angry with Israel and removed them from His sight; none was left except the tribe of Judah."
In the following verses (19 and 20) the kingdom of Judah follows suit with the same consequences. The same consequence of the nations which lived in the promised land BEFORE it was given to the Israelites under Joshua's guidance, exile. (see verse 11 above and Exodus 23:7 , Leviticus 18:21 and Leviticus 20:1-5)
“However, the LORD did not turn from the fierceness of His great wrath with which His anger burned against Judah, because of all the provocations with which Manasseh had provoked Him. And the LORD said, “I will remove Judah also from My sight, as I have removed Israel. And I will cast off Jerusalem, this city which I have chosen, and the temple (house) of which I said, ‘My name shall be there’.”“Surely at the command (mouth) of the LORD it came upon Judah, to remove them from His sight because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done, and also for the innocent blood which he shed, for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; AND THE LORD WOULD NOT FORGIVE.” (All caps mine) 2 Kings 23: 26 & 27 and 24: 3 & 4
It's not only Israel and Judah...America invaded her land and have been doing what the natives did since 1973...practice human sacrifice (200 years later but still). This year will be 40 years of abominable acts of child sacrifice for Israel. History will repeat itself and I pray that God has mercy on the world and permits a great spiritual revival before He releases His full wrath and vengeance for the innocent.