Two interesting news topics came across my desk recently.  They happened on either side of the world.  Unrelated in circumstances but both are connected.  The topic was the killing of four children in two separate accounts.

First account: One was a boy 15 and a girl 12

WHERE were they killed? Afghanistan

WHY where they killed?  They were friends. 

HOW were they killed?  They had acid poured over them. 

Let me put forward another reason they were killed.  It was to terrorise people in the belief that their gods demands it

 The news account had this to say :

 A 12-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy have been killed in an acid attack because they were friends, it has been claimed.  A shocking photograph shows their fully clothed bodies lying on stretchers – the extent of the damage to their faces clearly visible. The bodies of the youngsters were discovered on Friday in wasteland in the Ghazni province in southern Afghanistan

 Acid attacks are used as a form of religious and social persecution in the country.

 Their bodies are now lying in a hospital and no families have come forward to claim them, AFP said.   People who discovered the bodies say the pair were probably killed for being friends with each other.  Despite the fall of the Taliban, the country still has a very conservative attitude towards women and relationships and anyone who opposes the traditional order often fear for their lives.

 Second account: Two boys aged 10

WHERE were they killed? Mexico

WHY where they killed?  Ritual sacrifice

HOW were they killed?  Their veins were cut and they bled to death.

Let me put forward another reason they were killed.  It was to terrorise people in the belief that their gods demands it

The news account had this to say

The ‘Santa Muerte’ (Holy Death) cult in Mexico places great importance on the dead

Eight people have been arrested in northern Mexico have over the killing of two 10-year-old boys and a woman in what appears to be ritual sacrifices.

Prosecutors in Sonora, in the north-west of the country have accused the suspects of belonging to the La Santa Muerte (Holy Death) cult.

The victims’ blood has been poured round an altar to the idol, which is portrayed as a skeleton holding a scythe and clothed in flowing robes.

The cult, which celebrates death, has been growing rapidly in Mexico in the last 20 years, and now has up to two million followers.

Jose Larrinaga, spokesman for Sonora state prosecutors, said the most recent killing was earlier this month, while the other two were committed in 2009 and 2010.

Their bodies were found at the altar site in the small mining community of Nacozari, 70 miles south of Douglas, Arizona.

Investigations were launched after the family of 10-year-old Jesus Octavio Martinez Yanez reported him missing early this month.

 Mr Larrinaga said the murders took place at a ritual during the night, lit by candles.

‘They sliced open the victims’ veins and, while they were still alive, they waited for them to bleed to death and collected the blood in a container,’ he said.

It is believed the unofficial group called The Holy Death currently has some two million followers in Mexico

There have been no confirmed killings previously attributed to the cult, which follows a mix of Catholic faith with indigenous and pagan beliefs.

Many of those arrested belonged to the same family, reports said. Silvia Meraz, one of the suspects, and her son, Ramon Palacios, were allegedly leaders of the cult, according to prosecutors.

Speaking to reporters, she said: ‘We all agreed to do it. Supposedly she [one of the victims] was a witch or something.’

She did not comment on the other killings

 WICKEDNESS HAS A CHILLING EFFECT UPON SOCIETY.

In all accounts their deaths were slow and cruel.  What connects both is a religious fervour that a god demands such action to be taken.  That fear and terror becomes justified in the name of their god.  That the killing of children becomes justified as normal behaviour.  Where love becomes distorted and twisted  into something that is no longer recognised.

Mat 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound , the love of many shall wax cold 5594

The word “COLD” in the Greek is Psychō   ψχω

Is it by accident that the Greek translates Psycho as COLD?  Psychopaths by nature have no genuine feelings or empathy for their victims.  Whilst arrests were made in the second account, it is unlikely any arrests will result in the first account.  So the perpetrators will be free to continue in their evil ways.

The Biblically account however presents us with a bigger picture.   Society itself because of such wicked actions, which will multiply and increase in nature, will be affected. Mathew 24: 12 may be a short verse but it packs a bunch prophetically of a world so entrenched in such wickedness that the majority of people will cease to care.   Genuine love and empathy will become the first victims.  It not that people won’t feel love, but like a cold wind it has a chilling effect upon those who experience it.  Cooling down and a desensitising of the emotions. Hardening of the conscience.  What was once seen as immoral and inhuman will become the norm. The first news report goes beyond the killing of just two children, to describe the harrowing accounts of others who have fallen to such fervour.

  Last year, Afghan gunmen burst into a family home and poured acid over a father, wife and three daughters because they stopped their eldest from marrying an ageing warlord.

The attack was carried out in the belief that no-one would then want to marry them.

Officials said the oldest daughter Mumtaz, 18, had been pursued by a local gunman who the family considered a ‘troublemaker.’

With her parents support, she turned him down and instead got engaged to a relative.

In November 2008 extremists subjected schoolgirls to acid attacks for attending school. 

Meanwhile, just a few days ago a Pakistani former dancing girl who was left heavily facially disfigured by an acid attack 10 years ago committed suicide.

Fakhra Younus, 33, leapt to her death from a sixth floor building in Rome 12 years after the acid attack which she said left her looking ‘not human’.

At the time of her attack in May 2000, her ex-husband Bilal Khar was the man accused of entering her mother’s house and pouring acid over Younus’s face as she slept.

The attack, which took place in front of Younus’s then five-year-old son, left her unable to breathe and fighting for life.

Her nose was almost completely melted and she has since undergone 39 separate surgical procedures to repair her disfigured face over the past decade.

  1 Thess 5: 15 See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].

Yet when a society can no longer tell what is good and what is evil?  When morality gets all mixed up with immorality what then?  When GOOD becomes intolerance and violence in the name of a supposed god what then? When the plumline of acceptability keeps getting pushed down until  there is no plumline.  Finaly no one knows where to draw the line in the sand, what happens then?

 Gen 6: 11 -12 THE EARTH ALSO WAS CORRUPT BEFORE GOD, AND THE EARTH WAS FILLED WITH VIOLENCE. AND GOD LOOKED UPON THE EARTH, AND, BEHOLD, IT WAS CORRUPT; FOR ALL FLESH HAD CORRUPTED HIS WAY UPON THE EARTH.

 This did not happen immediately, but it did happen.  The sad reality is that any cooling takes time and people just do not realise it was happening.  Like a slow paralysis where a limb slowly dies.  The victim compensates with the loss over a period of time.  He does less and less with it.  He adjusts to the loss because he can do nothing else.  Until one day the limb has no mobility at all.  Society is in the greatest of danger when we assume that such acts of violence and wickedness is acceptabl.  We get to the point where we neither care or see them for what they are.

 

 

 

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