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Friday, September 07, 2012

The Olympics Are No Longer a Pagan Event

The Olympic Games began in ancient Greece as a tribute to the pagan gods, 776 years before the birth of Christ. Athletes were required to pay homage to Zeus, the mythological god of the sky and supreme ruler of Mount Olympus. The Ancient Olympics were repeated every four years for many centuries, until they disappeared along with ancient civilization. Today the Olympics are just as spectacular, but it is Christianity that inspires modern athletes to far greater human achievement than those ancient athletes. Here is a sampling of how important Christian faith is to many of the top achievers at this year’s Games, most of which was underreported by the media.

The darling winner of the all-around women’s gymnastic title, 16-year-old homeschooled American Gabby Douglas, declared to the world afterwards, “Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.” One of the first comments by teenage swimming sensation Missy Franklin, after winning one of her gold medals, was to thank God. The first person to win a gold medal for Ireland since 1996, Katie Taylor, declared after winning, “I serve an amazing God and without Him I wouldn’t be here with this gold medal around my neck.”

The great runner Bernard Lagat, a double gold medalist at prior Olympics, publicly made the Sign of the Cross just before he was introduced to the crowd for the grueling “5k” running race. Afterward he gave thanks for his blessings. Double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius was perhaps the most inspiring athlete, competing with the world's fastest runners despite having only artificial lower legs and feet. After running in a preliminary round of the 400 meter race, he declared, "It’s moments like this when you step back and say, 'Wow, I’ve been blessed by the Lord.'"

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