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November 13, 2007: MEETING BEGINS
Brother Bobby Holmes preached the first night of the gospel meeting here in Bangalore. His topic was Lost Religious People, and he did his usual good job of preaching God's word. By way of introduction, he pointed out that there is only one true God (1 Cor. 8:5-6), then briefly discussed the divinely inspired nature of the Bible. From that he led into looking at some people in the New Testament who were religious, yet lost: Saul of Tarsus, the Ethiopian eunuch, Cornelius, the church at Laodecia and the Pharisees. His gospel invitation was based on Matthew 7:21-23 and Acts 2:36-41, 47. Our driver, Prasad, attended the last part of the meeting, and we hope he will be able to attend all the others. Brotherly R. S. Rao, who interpreted for us in the Kurnool classes, has come to Bangalore and is interpreting for us here, too.
We did a bit more shopping this morning, before having a traditional Andhra Pradesh meal for lunch.
Before we leave Bangalore we hope to see the huge statute of Shiva, one of the principal deities in Hinduism (it stands 65 feet). In Hinduism, Shiva the Destroyer is one of the triad of gods, along with Brahma the Creator and Vishnu the Preserver ("Shiva", Wikipedia). The Himalayas are depicted behind Shiva.
Hinduism has thousands of gods. Today's paper told of a man who married a dog because he thinks he is under the dog curse for having killed two dogs. After that event he has experienced all sorts of physical troubles. He thinks he will appease the wrath of the gods by marrying a dog. How blind the darkness of sin and error is! What a contrast to the true and living God, who is Creator, Sustainer and Judge of all (Acts 17:22-32).
Thank you for your interest in this gospel effort, and all the encouraging words you have sent about this web site.
Please continue to pray for open doors and the progress of the gospel.
In Christian love,
(Shiva-Temple, Bangalore, India)
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