Saturday, November 21, 2009

PAGANISM ALL AROUND US


NIKE (Greek goddess of Victory)
in Greek religion, the goddess of victory, daughter of the giant Pallas and of the infernal River Styx. Nike probably did not originally have a separate cult at Athens. As an attribute of both Athena, the goddess of wisdom, and the chief god, Zeus, Nike was represented in art as a small figure carried in the hand by those divinities. Athena Nike was always wingless; Nike alone was winged. She also appears carrying a palm branch, wreath, or Hermes staff as the messenger of victory. Nike is also portrayed erecting a trophy, or, frequently, hovering with outspread wings over the victor in a competition; for her functions referred to success not only in war but in all other undertakings. Indeed, Nike gradually came to be recognized as a sort of mediator of success between gods and men.  ( http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/415189/Nike )

I once asked the question during a Christian Youth Fellowship meeting; if it is ok to wear clothes with the pagan god Nike written across it, then why is it not ok to wear clothes with Allah or the crescent moon and star on it?


The answer that I received was far from satisfactory. And this led to me throwing away clothes and shoes that cost $60, $70, $80, $90, $100 each. Close to half my wardrobe in fact. That is how serious I was about serving God. In the 15yrs since that incident I have studied a lot and learned a lot.



For the most part I have learned that there is a fine line between keeping the Commandments and the Testimony of the True and Living God in the midst of a pagan society, and Fanaticism.



LET IT BE KNOWN: The Bible says: "And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth" (Exodus 23:13). However, in accommodating this command we would render ourselves, as believer’s, unable to communicate with the rest of the world. We would have to leave the earth. (1Corinthians 5:9) For as the title suggests: Paganism IS All around Us!



THE CONCLUSION OF THE MATTER: Because paganism is all around us we would border fanaticism to remove all instances of pagan gods from our midst. Nike Inc. used the name of the goddess to inspire their customers and increase market value because she was known for victory. They do not worship her, nor do they encourage any type of cult-like behavior. Therefore:

"...Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind" (Romans 14:4-5).





May the Lord Add a Blessing to the reading of His Word.



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