In the bible stories of my youth I remember wondering what had the pagans done to deserve destruction, be it in the flood or at the hands of the Israelites coming out of Egypt to claim their promised land. One of the things that I was taught was that these pagan societies were wicked, wicked, wicked because they practiced infant sacrifice. They sacrificed their children to their gods that were made of bronze and stone.
I remember wondering how people could possibly sacrifice their children. What horrifying devotion it must be to love something so much that you would allow your young children to be killed in its service. This seemed utterly foreign to me.