Greetings from Baal's Temple. Wish you were here!
Have you ever received a post card from a loved one? Perhaps a close friend went on a trip to Italy, and while they were there they sent you a post card showing the Leaning Tower of Pisa with the words on the back, "Having a great time. Wish you were here." Or maybe you have received photos via email of a relative's vacation. Maybe your brother wanted to show you the beautiful beaches he photographed while on his trip to Bermuda. For the most part this is normal behavior. People love to travel to scenic or unusual places, and they also enjoy sharing memories and mementos of the time spent there with family and friends.
But as a Christian what I find to be odd and somewhat disturbing is when other Christians desire to visit places that are known to be places of either past or present pagan worship. For example, I cannot understand why a follower of Jesus Christ would ever want to visit the Pyramids of Egypt. Those pyramids symbolize homage paid to Ra, the sun god, who in ancient Egypt mythology is credited with rising from the primeval mound to create life, thusly being offensive to the Lord Himself who is the only true Creator and God. And the pyramids also house the tombs of different Pharaohs who, as we all know, were worshipped as gods. Again, this is an affront to the only true God of the bible. Yet Christians flock to these places every year and proudly take photos of themselves standing with the pyramids in the background.
And, of course, the Sphinx is another photo op that many Christians cannot pass up. Yet why they would want to visit and photograph this abomination which pays tribute to a solar deity is beyond my comprehension. There is nothing about the Sphinx that is lovely or desirable. Even the very origins of the word "sphinx" means "to strangle." And in pagan Greek mythology it is a demon of destruction and bad luck. Nice, huh? Did you know that in South India and other parts of the world the sphinxes are said by tradition to take away the sins of the devotees when they enter a temple and that they are placed in front of passageways to ward off evil in general? Blasphemous, isn't it? Yet many Christians love showing off their photos of them in front of a sphinx.
Those are just a couple examples. In this world there are MANY false religions and things erected in honor of false gods all over the globe. The real point that I'm trying to get across is that Christians should be mindful of where they go and why they go there. These shrines and relics are so much more than just bricks, stone, sand, mortar, or interesting architecture. These temples, statues, pyramids, and places of worship to false gods are abominations that should be detested and avoided, not visited, explored, and caught on film! We are not glorifying God with our bodies, time, or money by reveling in these evil places. God wants us to depart from evil, not plan our next family vacation around a trip to it. Here are a few verses for your consideration:
1 John 5:21, "Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen."
Ephesians 5:8, 11, "For ye were sometime darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light ... And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them."
Proverbs 16:17, "The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul."
Psalm 141:4, "Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties."
1 Corinthians 10:19-22, "What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils; ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?"
2 Corinthians 6:14-18, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? and what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."
Christian, God alone deserves your love, awe, and adoration. Do not pay homage to these wicked false religions by making a pilgrimage to their unholy temples and shrines. Do not show glory to these abominations by taking photographs in front of these pagan structures. If you just give it a little thought, I believe you will see that there is really nothing beautiful or desirable about these things that were built in opposition to God.
Also, we are warned in God's Word that we are at battle against spiritual wickedness in high places. Do not be deceived into believing that it is a harmless pastime to willingly seek out and dwell amongst known evil. At the very least you may end up vexing your soul, or perhaps you may even be inviting devils into your life.
Ecclesiastes 10:8, "He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him."
1 Peter 5:8, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour."
Ephesians 6:12, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Numbers 16:26, "And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins."
Deuteronomy 7:25-26,"The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the Lord thy God. Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt abhor it; for it is a cursed thing."
2 Peter 2:7-8, "And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: for that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds."
Ezekiel 20:7, "Then said I unto them, Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I am the Lord your God."
These verses above were not just for believers in times past. We present-day believers are also instructed to be mindful about where we go and who and what we surround ourselves with. And the Lord has given us many beautiful places that we can visit and enjoy that are not seeped in demonic history and tradition. With so much untainted beauty to choose from, why would you willingly seek to spend your time and money in a place that dishonors God and glorifies Satan? I hope that you will show discernment when planning your next vacation.
In closing, I know that there will be someone who reads this article who will still say to themself: "Well, I have liberty to go anywhere I want to go. I'm not afraid. I love God, and I can enjoy anything and anyplace that I want to enjoy. I'm not worshipping those idols by my presence." I would say to you that it is a shame that you can read all of the verses regarding Christians not glorying in the heathenish, pagan things of this world, and yet you still desire to visit and sojourn amongst the very places that stand as a testament of unholiness, unrighteousness, rebelliousness, and hatred towards the one whom you claim to love. And shame on you for not only desiring to partake of these evil monuments that are sacrifices to devils, but then you add insult to injury by PROUDLY displaying your visit to Baal's temple with your photographs and souvenirs. What an affront to the Lord. For you I have these final verses:
Isaiah 5:20, "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"
Proverbs 14:12, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."
Proverbs 14:16, "A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident."
Ezekiel 6:9, "... I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols."
Ezekiel 11:21, "But as for them whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, saith the Lord God."
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