Waterfall of the Gods
By Brenda Wood | Author and Speaker
Devotions | Sunday, October 07, 2012
Because Thorgeir Thorkelsson was a respected citizen, the Icelandic parliament gave him the responsibility of deciding Iceland’s future. He huddled under a fur blanket for more than 24 hours and then announced that Iceland would become Christian.
So in the year 1000 A.D., Thorgeir, a pagan priest, took his pagan idols and threw them into a large Icelandic waterfall, which is now known as Waterfall of the Gods (Icelandic: Goðafoss). The people abided by Thorgeir's decision and were baptized; thus ended a possible civil war before it began.
I’m interested in all things Icelandic because that’s my heritage. But I have to ask if every Icelander ended the civil war in their hearts, the one between guilt and freedom. Unless they individually entered a personal relationship with God, this would not be possible.
Getting baptized doesn’t make you a Christian, anymore than holding a bag of milk in your arms makes you a refrigerator.
John 3:3- Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God (AMP).
Prayer: Father God, don’t let us fool ourselves into thinking that baptism or church attendance gives us relationship with you. In Christ. Amen.
“I believe Jesus is the answer to every question.” Brenda Wood is a motivational speaker, writer and author of Heartfelt, 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living. She is also a recovered bulimic who has gained and lost several 1000 pounds over the years! She understands the pain of overweight and the agony of life with an eating disorder. Brenda is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humor and quirky comments.
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