“This Paul has persuaded and turned away a great many people, saying that gods made with hands are not gods. And there is danger not only that this trade of ours may come into dispute but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis may be counted as nothing, and that she may even be deposed from her magnificence, she whom all Asia and the world worship.”

When they heard this, they were enraged and were crying out, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians! Great are the gods made with hands upon worship of whom our trade is founded and whom, conveniently for our trade, the world worships! Woe betide those who would sully such magnificence with suspicions of its unreality!”

For those whose hands fashion gods must defend the reality of the gods their hands have made.

And “so the city was filled with confusion” as the people stormed about screaming the greatness of Artemis of the Ephesians, of sex without consequences, of food without labor, of colors, of creeds, of genders, of higher wages, of lower mortgage rates, of tax breaks, of green energy, of a prophet whose peaceful tenets must have murder to maintain honor . . . of all positions and opinions so long as they divert attention from the made-without-hands God.

But if Asia and all the world worship magnificent Artemis, why such fear of the rival Deity? Why riots and shouting to maintain Artemis’ hold?

Because those who are still know that He is God.

*Italicized portions from Acts 19

©2012 by Stacy Nott

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