Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The goddess needs blood

It's simply amazing. 

Animal lovers are up in arms as the world's biggest animal sacrifice began yesterday in Nepal as part of a Hindu festival in the village of Bariyapur, near the border with India.  This event, which occurs every five years, will bring about the ritual slaughter of 250,000 animals to the Hindu goddess Gadhimai, the persona they worship as the goddess of power.

"It is the traditional way, " explained 45-year old Manoj Shah, a Nepali driver who has been attending the event since he was six, "If we want anything, and we come here with an offering to the goddess, within five years all our dreams will be fulfilled." .

Chandan Dev Chaudhary, a Hindu priest, said he was pleased with the festival's high turnout and insisted tradition had to be kept. "The goddess needs blood," he said. "Then that person can make his wishes come true."

Crowds thronged the roads and camped out in the open, wrapped in blankets against the cool mist of yesterday. The festivities they will enjoy includes a ferris wheel, fortune-telling robots and stalls broadcasting music and offering tea and sugary snacks.

As dawn broke yesterday, the fair officially opened with the sacrifice of two rats, two pigeons, a pig, a lamb and a rooster in the main temple, to cheers of "Long live Gadhimai" from spectators pushing against each other for a better view.

And the world watched in horror as the ritual sacrifices began.  All the world is concerned with are the animals.  What of the people in spiritual darkness, chanting to their goddess?  As a follower of Christ, I know that what does not come from God comes from the ruler of this world.  So I know who they chant to and it is not God.

Over one million people are at this festival to this goddess, chanting the name of this goddess, watching as the blood of animals is spilled upon the ground.  Over one million people held in darkness by spiritual chains. 

These are the ones the world should be concerned over, needs to be concerned over.

But they are not the animals being slaughtered at the moment.

They are the lambs being led to be slaughtered later on by the enemy.

So as we get ready for Thanksgiving here, remember those in spiritual darkness, and pray for them, that they would hear the gospel, that their hearts would be softened, that they would accept the love of God and his grace. 
Pray for them because all the world seems to care about are the animals involved.


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