Just before Thanksgiving, I found this amazing booklet at Buckhorn Books for 50¢. Don't we love used bookstores? It's a small book about Delphi, the spot in ancient Greece where the Greeks (and others) went to find out what their gods thought -- an oracle.
While studying Delphi, I'm also reading Jeremiah. I'm reminded that the searching Greeks and their tricky, conniving, lying gods are no different from what's described in the Bible, and Delphi is no different from the high places in the Old Testament where people trekked to find out what their god wanted of them. False prophets abounded then, and wicked priests. Animal and human sacrifices were given. When we homeschooling types study ancient history we occasionally find ourselves enamored of that past and the heros presented. We giggle at Athena and roll our eyes at Aphrodite. But in reality, the Greeks' clinging to those dead gods cost many lives and led ... nowhere, spiritually. It's a dead religion with worship sites that are ruins for tourists.
We should pause and consider our own faith. How do we seek God? Do we listen for his voice around every rock and from every false preacher? Do we make sacrifices that God never asked for -- indeed (as the Bible says) that never came into His mind, trying to appease Him? Are our churches falling into ruin and disuse? Man-made religions seem to die out. Christianity, springing as it does fully from the root of Judaism, traces its life back farther than any. It's sobering to think on these things.