Damascus Syria 2013
Acts Chapter 9
1: But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2: and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
3: Now as he journeyed he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed about him. 4: And he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” 5: And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting; 6: but rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” 7: The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one.
8: Saul arose from the ground; and when his eyes were opened, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9: And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank. 10: Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11: And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for a man of Tarsus named Saul; for behold, he is praying, 12: and he has seen a man named Anani’as come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” 13: But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to thy saints at Jerusalem; 14: and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call upon thy name.” 15: But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; 16: for I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”
Moral of the story
Welcome Home and T.G.I.F. (Thank God It’s Freeday).
Simply put, it has been a lifelong exploration for yours truly as the author of this post, to analyze the factors regarding a reoccurring story of story telling/selling throughout history and the subsequent efforts to back up the claims with non first hand accounts of the stories as well as the results of individuals belief in the stories in the form of institutions and world orders being created in the process.
Please be sure review the historically hotly debated Bible story regarding Paul’s conversion to Christianity above, along withÂ U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks regarding the current claims of what is happening in that same region and see if you can recognize a common story selling/telling connection or at least consider the whole matter from this unique perspective.