Meet Moloch

If you read the Old Testament, and not just the familiar parts of it, the familiar stories like Noah’s Ark and Daniel in the lion’s den, you might find a few surprises. For example, the fact that the ancient Israelites were wont to practice human sacrifice. It’s true. The deity to whom the ancient Hebrews would sacrifice their children was called Moloch or some derivation thereof, a pagan Semitic god or “baal” also prominently worshiped in the same way in Carthage. Read for yourselves a few examples from the Bible:

Leviticus 18:21 “And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.”

Leviticus 20:2-5: “Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones. And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name. And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.”

Jeremiah 32:35: “And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech which I commanded them not…”

2 Kings 23:10: “And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.”

And from the New Testament:

Acts 7:43: “Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them…”

There are quite a few verses dealing with the subject.

Kinda surprising, then, that the Vatican of all places would put up a statue of Moloch. But they did. Nobody panic, though. The statue is part of an exhibit dedicated to Carthage they’ve put up at the Roman Coliseum, and it’s temporary. If it’s a satanic plot on behalf of the Vatican, as some have claimed, it’s a short-term one.

By The Evil Cheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at


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