October 2nd, 2009
40 And the persons were sixteen thousand; of which the LORD’s tribute was thirty and two persons.
In Numbers 31, God has Moses destroy an entire city, steal all the loot, burn the city to the ground, and keep all the virgin girls for themselves. At the end of this, God demands that a portion of the spoils be sacrificed to him. This includes the virgin girls that they kept alive.
Of the 16,000 virgins that they spared, God demands that thirty-two be sacrificed to him. Let it never be said that only heathens perform human sacrifice. God seems to have no problem with having people slain in his name, ritually or otherwise. This is not something that a good god would demand.