Somehow three weeks have already gone by and we are on our way home. Yesterday we spent our last day touring Ancient Corinth. Our first stop was to check out the Corinth Canal. It’s a spectacular view, even for those in the group who don’t like heights (I’m not one of those people; I’m the one who wants to bungee jump off the bridge!).
One of the highlights for all of us was to hike to the Akrokorinth. Although the hike was steep, the view of the area was worth every step. Personally I was even more excited because this is the first time in the theee years I have been to Greece that I was actually able to make it to the top. My first year I was really sick so I couldn’t hike at all and last year they closed earlier than expected so we didn’t have time to hike all the way. The temple of Aphrodite used to be at the top of the Akrokorinth. Aphrodite was the goddess of love and there were at least 100 prostitutes that would be up on this mountain. Knowing a bit of the history, it makes even more sense why Paul spoke to the Corinthians about love. He described real love and what love looks like, something completely different than what this temple represented. He brought a different message, one full of love and truth, not fleeting moments.
As we toured Ancient Corinth, we once again were at places we knew Paul walked. Being here we were able to understand Scripture in a different way. Today reminded me the importance of asking questions of Scripture. Why was something phrased a certain way? Why were those specific details included? Why is that important for the reader to know? For example, why is it important for us to know that Paul was a Roman citizen? Why are there times in scripture that he speaks up about this when he is being persecuted and why at there other times he remains silent? Understanding more of the history, geography and reasons behind the writing brings a whole new depth of Scripture. God is not bound by our limited view but he wants to continue to expand our understanding as we his Word.