Im starting to get the idea that the pagan baal worship has extended over a wider area. The druids of Ireland, as well as the Meso-Americans all seem to have the same fertility rituals, the same holidays, the same use of shamens, and worship of sirius and venus stars(with intricate calendars)and child sacrifice. So...Im thinking that this paganism was not just a primitive religion from the mind of man, but was satanically inspired. I think that the abortion craze of today is just another manifestation of satans desire to kill the innocent and inculcate animalist cruelty in our peoples minds.
Indeed, it really does show what kind of opposition that Abraham faced when he decided to follow God. And the same goes for St Patric, David, and so on. I am afraid that unless more of the so-called luke warm Christians get more involved, then our society will slip back into the occult practices of our dark past. It makes us want to kneel down and pray for God t strengthen us for the fight, doesnt it? After all, we are the light of the world, carrying God's Holy message, though we are ourselves imperfect vessels.
So, this leads to my next question...why Abraham? Was there any reference that Abraham was descended from Noah? Or was it just a calling, like that of Saul/Paul? I am a little confused about why Abraham decided to follow God.
Ba'al worship was not all over; it was restricted to the Western Semitic areas. But the Eastern Semites had the same child sacrifice fertility cult religion in the basics.
If you mean that child sacrifice fertility cults have appeared over most of the world, you are correct, but the forms are not identical to Ba'al worship.
There was no child sacrifice fertility cult among any European peoples - by which I mean peoples who are lingusitically and culturally European. It may be that early Etruscans, who were not an Indo-European linguistic group, practiced a form of Levantine fertility cult, and it seems that peoples in the continent of Europe before the arrival of European language speakers (such as the Celt-Latins, Greeks, Germans, etc.) may have as well. Etruscans, by the way, may - only may - have practiced fertility cult sacrtifce before Rome was powerful, but well before Rome enters Greek history, Etruria had adopted various cultural practices of their neighbors the Latins and Cisapline Gauls and so had become something other than a human sacrifice people.
But the European groups/ Indo-European speaking ethnic groups most certainly seemed to have practiced a type of ritual capital punishment (we can see it as late as the Roman Empire, say when Romans executed leaders of groups that rebelled or resisted being conquered), and many people confuse that - we have ample evidence of ritually strangled men - with a fertility cult human sacrifice religion, that they often then assume that the culture must also have practiced child sacrifice and sex rituals as religious rites..
In other words, we have many who see all kinds of false cognates.
Fertility cult religions entered the European cultural world when Greeks and then Romans became explorers and imperialists. Greeks imported it from what the Romans would call Asia Minor, in the form of Dionysius. The Greeks adopted the sex ritual parts but were horrified at the human sacrifice. It is important that the myths around the Trojan War have Agamemnon sacrificing his daughter (12 or 13) so he could get winds to go to war, for which his wife later murders him, which leads to his House being destroyed. The moral is clear.
The Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur is also about the fertility cult. It does seem that the earliest civilization on Crete was Levantine, most probably Semiitc, not Greek. The myth shows how the Cretans required the subservient Greeks to send young people to Knossos to be sacrificed, and then provides a romantic explanation how the Greeks were freed from having their young slaughtered as part of a foreign religion of death/fertility.