I have been reading The Histories by Herodotus, translated of course. I’m not quite that good. 😉 It is, by the way, quite an interesting book, about lots of things, including the fight between the Egyptians and Greeks over whose gods came first, ants that dig up gold, and, well, I’m only halfway through. I’m sure lots of interesting things are still to show up.
One quick thing I wanted to say though. Isn’t our God great? He doesn’t require much, no animals to sacrifice, no nothing like that. Serve Him, believe Him, trust Him. No special way to ask Him anything. Just “Lord…” or “Dear Jesus…”
Well listen to this and see if it makes you appreciate Jesus a little more.
The distinguishing feature of their [Gretans] belief their own immortality is their conviction that, at the point of death, they do not actually die, but instead go to Salmoxis, a divine spirit who is also known by some of them as Gebelëizis. Every five years, one of the Getans is chosen by lot to serve as a messenger, and is sent off to Salmoxis, together with the list of requests appropriate to the moment. The method of dispatch requires three spears to be held by specially nominated men, while others grab the hands and feet of the one who is being sent to Salmoxis; they toss him up into the air and he is impaled on the points of the spears. Should he die as a result of this skewering, it is believed by the Getans that Heaven will look favorably on their requests. Should he survive, however, then they hold the messenger himself responsible, charging him with being a man of low moral character, and once they have pinned the blame on him, they send another man as messenger.
Boy!!! Am I glad for John 14:13!! “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”
Just a quick note of appreciation for my God. 😀