This is Civilisation – Ye Gods

March 12, 2009

I was watching a documentary on SBS tonight about the art ancient gods. The Greeks were first in focus. According to the presenter they made statues modeled on the perfect human – human man that is. The Greeks loved their wisdom and made great philosophical advancements, giving birth to new political systems.
He singled out a statue of the Greek god Apollo – perfectly in proportion, strong and on show.


But then he switched to Christianity, which sees human wisdom as foolishness. Their God was humble, disfigured and died on a cross. It was such a shift in focus in the documentary; from the glory that humanity can achieve to the humility and seeming foolishness of the cross. It made me think that this would be a silly faith to believe in if it was all about us, unimpressive and incomprehensible in human terms. But that’s because Christianity is all about God and his power and glory in the world. A God who uses the weaknesses of humanity to save it through Christ and to grow it through using weak people like me. Thank God that our faith is not based on arrogant but flawed humans, but rather on God who would enter our world to save us.

“This is Civilisation” SBS Thursday 8:30 (4 part series)


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