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The 49-cent Nepalese Human Sacrifice

Kathmandu-Durbar-Square_8I have traveled the world many times over and I know from observation and participation that what you believe just might save you.

It also just might kill you.

The latest news story from Nepal this week involves a distressed father with an ill son. A Hindu “holy man”, who appears from his photo to look like a street person with demonic issues dressed in saffron rags, tells the father that a human sacrifice could do the trick.

Five men are involved in luring a young boy from the lowest-of-the-low “Untouchables” caste into the-culture-of-nepal-is-eccentric-and-interesting-to-people-from-all-over-the-worldcoming with them. They promise him biscuits (cookies) and 50 rupees, the equivalent of 49 cents. Jivan Kohar is taken to a filthy village temple where rituals are performed as tattered pictures of Hindu gods look on from a dirty wall. They then bundle him off to a field where three men hold him down and a fourth slits his throat, just stopping short of severing his head completely from his body.

0All of the men, eleven in total including the “holy man” were apprehended. Suffice it to say that human sacrifice is illegal. One possible positive outcome was the immediate banning of animal sacrifice in the once-every-five-years Gadhimai festival held on Nepal’s southern border near India in which approximately 500,000 animals are slaughtered for Hindu religious observances. It is not scheduled to occur until three-and-a-half years from now, so we’ll see what happens then.

Imagine if any of these Hindu devotees had ever heard of Jesus, the Lamb of God who was offered lambonce for all—maybe 10-year-old Jivan would be alive today. There is forgiveness of sin, and healing, and a new life through His sacrifice on our behalf, as Isaiah 53:3-6 records:

“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

church-081Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

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