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November 15, 2007: TEMPLE TOURING
There must be hundreds of Hindu temples in Bangalore. From the small, one room shrines to the mammoth monuments to the gods, all have one thing in common: they are all evidence of the futility of idolatry (Isa. 44:6-20). Oh, yes, idolatry is alive and well in India, as it is in many other places around the world. It is also alive and well in America, although in a different form: covetousness (Col. 3:5). Men continue to build and worship useless images, while rejecting the true and living God for their worthless gods.
We also visited a Jain temple (Jainism is a philosophy that branched out of Hinduism, but it does not recognize the Hindu gods, but extends peace to all). The Jain temples are made of marble, but are only 30-40 years old, not nearly as old as the Hindu Bull Temple we saw. We saw priests burning incense and blessing cars, and worshipers coming and going. (We did not go inside any of these temples, for we did not want to leave any impression that we honored the idol.)
What a contrast to what the Bible teaches about the true and living God. Tonight I preached on The "Unknown" God from Acts 11:22-34, and spend a good deal of time on the futility and foolishness of idolatry. Our Hindu driver, Prasad, was there and showed good interest in the lesson. He said he understood everything that was taught, so we are praying he will have the faith to repent and follow Jesus. Time will tell. Bobby gave him a Telugu Bible and he has been reading about heaven. Tomorrow night Justin Monts will preach a lesson on heaven, and Prasad is very interested in hearing this lesson.
Our time is almost over here in India. We will be coming home Monday and Tuesday of next week. But, until then, we will continue to do the work of preaching the gospel with all the strength and vigor we can so some may be saved, while strengthening the faith of the brethren.
Thank you for your prayers, your support and your interest in spreading the word of the truth of the gospel here and around the world.
In Christian love,
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