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Lighthouse Trails Research Journal 12 “Supreme Beings”—continued from previous page Astarte (continued worship of Nimrod and Semiramis). 10 9. Did Ezra and Nehemiah ask the Per- sians if they could rebuild the Temple as a tribute to the Persian god Ahura Mazda? The vessels also that are given thee for the service of the house of thy God, those deliver thou before the God of Jerusalem. (Ezra 7:19) The king Artaxerxes ordered that the temple implements be returned so they could eventually rebuild the temple of the “God of Jerusalem.” This was not for the Persian gods but for the True God. The gods of the Persians were Ahura Mazda and Spenta Armaiti. 11 10. Did Paul use a clever missiological technique by telling the Greeks that God is Zeus, or the Romans that He is Jupiter or the Ephesians that He is embodied in Artemis? And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people. Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, and saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: who Volume 7—No. 5 in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them. (Acts 14:11-18) This situation is entirely consistent with Paul teaching over and over again that the Gentiles “do not know God.” Paul was there to bring them the Gospel, not to syncretize their own god with the God of the Bible. This is exactly what he did in Aereopogus also when he explained to them Who the “Unknown God” was, and most of them did not want to hear the truth. Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. (Galatians 4:8) For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. (1 Corinthians. 1:21) Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. (1 John 3:1) And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient. (Romans 1:28) [N]ot in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God. (1 Thessalonians 4:5) . . . that at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: but now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:12-13) [I]n flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:8) The “supreme beings” of the Greeks were Zeus and Hera, though Zeus had a number of other consorts spawning a pan- theon of gods. 12 Jupiter and Juno were the “supreme beings” of Rome, again spawning a pantheon of other gods. 13 Artemis was a virgin goddess, never married, but was the daughter of Zeus and Leto. 14 IN CONCLUSION he obvious answer to the questions above, both from the Bible and histori- cal records, is a resounding “No.” T . . . that ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them. (Joshua 23:7) For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens. (Psalm 96:5) For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever. (Micah 4:5) The LORD will be terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his Continues on next page SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019