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Delphic Oracle

In the ancient Greek town of Delphi, there was the temple of the sun god Apollo. There was something unusual there. "As sometimes happens in volcanic regions, there was a fissure in the ground from which vapour issued. If anyone inhaled it, it clouded their mind. It was as if they were drunk or delirious, and nothing they said made any sense."

"The very meaninglessness of these utterances seemed deeply mysterious to the Greeks, who said that ‘the god himself speaks through a mortal mouth.’"

So they sat a priestess on a three-legged stool over the fissure. When she inhaled the vapor and began to babble, other priests interpreted it. Greeks from all over would travel to this place, known as the Delphic Oracle, for guidance for their lives—from a babbling priestess.

  • We all have questions that need answering. Thankfully, we have the clear Word of God in the Bible to answer our questions and guide us.
  • Are you getting confused signals regarding what path to take? Be patient until peace comes, for 1 Corinthians 14:33 says, For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.

    Reference: E.H. Gombrich, translation by Caroline Mustilll, A Little History of the World (Yale University Press), pp. 45-46