Question 22: What’s the difference between the practice of “passing through the fire” in II Kings 17 and “burning one’s children in the fire” in II Kings 17:31.


Answer:  The term “passing through the fire” refers to the practice of worshiping certain gods by going through a fire and passing through the flames as an act of worship. This would normally have been done by adults.

The burning of children was a practice where people offered their babies as an actual living sacrifice on a pagan altar.

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Arnold Answers is a bi-weekly Q & A with founder and director of Ariel Ministries, Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum.