The Enemy of Children

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I sat there watching television in state of total unbelief. I simply could not believe that a mother would systematically, one by one, drown her five children in the bathtub and then lay their little wet bodies out on the bed. This can’t be real life, I thought. It is the kind of stuff that makes horror movies. I tried to imagine her holding the smallest baby under the water until it stopped struggling. I tried to imagine the strength and violence it would require to drown a seven-year-old boy. I am a big man, and I am not sure I could do it. But she did.

There is nothing new in infanticide. Children are the weakest and most vulnerable members of any society. In their earliest months, they are completely helpless and dependent. At the same time, they are beautiful and lovable.

In spite of this, down through history they have been neglected, abused, slaughtered, and destroyed—more often than not, by their own parents. But there is something very important to remember about this. I want you to think carefully and remember this: Killing or abusing children is contrary to human nature. God did not make us to destroy our own children. If killing little children is contrary to human nature, whose nature is it?


Ronald L. Dart

Ronald L. Dart (1934–2016) — People around the world have come to appreciate his easy style, non-combative approach to explaining the Bible, and the personal, almost one-on-one method of explaining what’s going on in the world in the light of the Bible. After retiring from teaching and church administration in 1995 he started Christian Educational Ministries and the Born to Win radio program.

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