Our Scripture verse today is John 1:9 which reads: "That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world."
Our quote today is from Martin Luther. He said: "The mystery of the humanity of Christ, that He sunk Himself into our flesh, is beyond all human understanding."
Today, we are looking at "The Defense of the Faith" (Part 4) from Dr. Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).
Today's subject is Christian Faith and Pagan Culture
Since they were accused of being uncultured barbarians, Christians were forced to take up the issue of the relationship between their faith and pagan culture. All Christians agreed that the worship of the gods, and everything related to that worship, must be rejected. This was the reason why they abstained from many civil ceremonies, in which sacrifices and vows were made to the gods. This, together with pacifist convictions, also led many Christians to the conclusion that they could not be soldiers, for members of the military were required to offer sacrifices to the emperor and the gods. Likewise, there were many Christians who objected to the study of classical literature, where the gods played an important part, and where all sorts of immorality was ascribed to them. To be a Christian required a commitment to the sole worship of God, and any deviation from that commitment was a denial of Jesus Christ, who in the final judgment would deny the apostate who had denied him.
While all agreed on the need to abstain from idolatry, not all agreed on what should be a Christian's attitude toward classical pagan culture..
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