Sometimes You Need to Walk Away from the Light

“All religions are the same.”

“It doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you believe in something.”

“I’m going to let my children decide what religion they’ll be. As long as they are spiritual, that’s all that matters.”

“We should respect all religions, they each have some value, and they’re pretty much the same.”

“I want to explore all the religions. They are all beautiful in their way.”

“WASHINGTON, November 2, 2011—Uganda recently announced a tremendous increase in the number of ritual child sacrifice. According to a 2008 Ugandan Police Report, ritual murder increased over 800% from the previous year with children being the victims in the vast majority of cases.

The BBC reported that traffickers are kidnapping children from rural villages taking them to Kampala, the capital of Uganda, for ritual sacrifice. Many villagers believe the sacrifice brings wealth and prosperity, however Mr. Uri Mabiriizi, a Ugandan witchdoctor, says the influx of Tanzanian witchdoctors to Uganda is fostering ritual killings of children. During an interview, Mr. Mabiriizi explains child sacrifice in the context of the Ugandan paganism as follows:

In Uganda, we had no witches sacrificing children, traditionally speaking. [Human sacrifice or child sacrifice] was introduced to us just recently by witches from other countries such as Tanzania. Ugandan witches do not believe that they are strong enough to perform child sacrifice. They think that child sacrifice takes a witch doctor with a certain spiritual capacity to be performed. Only Tanzanian witches have the ability to perform child sacrifice and make someone’s garden dry in a few days. Ugandan witches can’t do that.

In early 2008, the Tanzanian government began cracking down on human sacrifice and witchcraft, leading many Tanzanian witchdoctors to flee to Uganda. In Uganda, they found a culture more open to their practices. Some Tanzanian witches openly advertise on the radio Ugandan to attract wealthy customers.” **

Modern humans, in all our wisdom and savvy, have developed a type of spiritual blindness that is costly and dangerous.

In choosing to worship only what we are able to see beneath a microscope or measure in a laboratory or document in a controlled study, we have become deaf to the cries of the victims of powers we cannot recreate in test tubes and petri dishes.

There is a spiritual realm, it coexists with the world we can touch, taste, and see. And in this spiritual plane, not all beauty and light is good.

There is a beauty that is evil. There is a beauty that is alluring, seductive, and as addictive as opium.

It is the beauty of the poisonous plant, the deadly viper, the stinging nettle, or the gossamer jellyfish. The true God has coded a message into the wild creatures of our planet that beauty does not guarantee safety and our attraction to something does not qualify it as good for us.

There is light in this spiritual realm but not all of it is the true light of Christ.

There is a light that attracts the guilty like moths and then electrocutes their dreams.

Light can be a warning of deadly rocks and shallow waters. Light can be a mirage, an instrument of torture in the forms of strobes or bulbs that are never switched off.

Lights can indicate a flash of explosives, the blast of a gun, the laser pointer of a sniper’s rifle, or the best place to purchase a woman. The ambient light of our own creation interferes with our experience of the light of the world and we’re even learning that LED’s and other artificial lights can contribute to insomnia, insanity, and cancer.

God has shown us clearly in the physical realm that not all light is beneficial so that we would know to test the lights we see in the spiritual realm.

All religions are equal? Don’t be so stupid and naïve.

Is the truth equal to a lie? Is good equal to evil? Is death equal to life? Is the blood of an innocent child equal to the needs of a business owner to cast a spell for financial prosperity?

If you know the truth, there has never been a more important time to speak it, to live it, to teach it, to spread it.

If you don’t know the truth, it has never been more important to find it.

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

For more information about child sacrifice in Uganda, visit this BBC page but be warned that it is disturbing. If you are tenderhearted, better to read the text and not watch the video.

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  1. Heather says:

    Lori, thanks for this post. Uganda has been on my heart for a long time. This post increases that. Your examples of false and dangerous light are great analogies. So needed!

  2. Thanks, Heather. I so glad to hear your pain has been reduced and you are feeling better!

  3. Lori, thank you for speaking the truth boldly. This is a timely message–scandalous, yes–but the kind of scandal that was an everyday occurrence for Jesus Christ as He walked among us. Bless you!

  4. Thank you for bring this news “to light” and making others aware. I have shared your blog on my FB so others can know and be encouraged to sign the petition. Uganda has been ravaged with evil, but in recent years there is also a move of God there, too as seen in “An Unconventional War” by The Sentinel Group. We need to pray for this nation.

  5. Thanks, Bethany!

    Robin, nice to have you stop by. Always ready to pray. 🙂