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Hearing the voice of God

Dr. Jim Denison is a cultural apologist who helps people respond biblically and redemptively to the vital issues of our day. He is also the co-founder and Chief Vision Officer of the Denison Forum, a Dallas-based nonprofit that comments on current issues through a biblical lens.

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The temple of Apollo at Delphi (Credit: Jeff Byrd of Denison Forum on Truth and Culture)

We traveled today to one of the most fascinating places on earth. The ancient Greeks believed that Apollo lived in the temple at Delphi nine months out of the year. While there, he would reveal his wisdom to them through a priestess known as the “Oracle.” Vapors emitted from a crevice beneath the temple were thought to be his revelation. Supplicants would travel from across the Western world for an audience with him. When they asked their question, his priestess would respond with an ambiguous or nonsensical answer which the priests would interpret.

One famous example concerns Croesus, the king of Lydia. He wanted to attack the Persians, but consulted the Oracle first. He was told, “If you cross the river to attack, a great empire will be destroyed.” He advanced on the Persian troops, but it was his army that was demolished.

By contrast, the God of Scripture makes this promise: “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3). We don’t need to travel to the mountains of Greece to know his will. Why do you need to hear his voice today?