Why write The Place of Voices? Mayans and koalas and orphans. Oh, my. It’s all so odd. Christians don’t usually discuss ancient Mayan history. It’s a history full of brutal practices. Yet the Bible — and particularly the Old Testament — is full of comparable examples. No culture or civilization can claim a higher moral ground. In all my research on the ancient Maya, I could find nothing in it that didn’t have a modern parallel (human sacrifice included). In fact, in every area of ancient history and culture I’ve studied, I find that a close examination usually reveals more similarities than differences. If anything, our contemporary parallels are less spiritually motivated and more self-centered.
We know little of what God has in store for us in the future, or why his plan has unfolded as it has. We can’t possibly judge or condemn ancient cultures from a comfortable distance, limited by our modern sensibilities. One thing we can be sure of, though, is that everything and everyone belongs to God — whether they claim him or not.
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” (Psalm 24:1 NIV)
We all come from the same source. Only time and distance have made a distinction.
“From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.” (Acts 17:26-27 NIV)
“I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.” (John 10:16 NIV)
We are all his creation—one he originally found “very good.” Yet, in our fallen world, all people are under the power of sin (Romans 3:9), no one superior to another.
“As the Scriptures say, ‘No one is good — not even one. No one has real understanding; no one is seeking God. All have turned away from God; all have gone wrong. No one does good, not even one.’” (Romans 3:10-12 NLT)
When I visited Tikal in 1999, its haunting ruins tugged at my heart and prodded my imagination. Shrouded in mist and surrounded by exotic bird call, the massive pyramids left a lingering impression on me. Here were a people who aspired to greatness. Somewhere in that quest, something went horribly wrong. We can only wonder at the possible causes.
The mysteries of our world and history are fascinating. Curiosity stirred, my mind can’t seem to resist speculating as I reflect on the limited details revealed, testing possible connections. Why not examine these mysterious locations from a Christian perspective?
And so, The Place of Voices took root in my mind. An unlikely trio of friends, an unconventional location … a timeless adventure of discovery.
Sometimes it takes a journey through time to learn the true meaning of sacrifice.
THE PLACE OF VOICES
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DISCLAIMER: No humans were sacrificed in the making of this book. The Place of Voices is a “clean read” appropriate for readers 12 and older.
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