Speak Lord, and I will be quick to answer Thee -” Lord send me.”
I recently had the opportunity to visit the oldest church building in the world. This wasn’t the first place the church existed, but it was the first known location that was specifically created for the church to gather and meet. Prior to this everywhere the church existed they met in people’s homes or in public gathering places like the Temple.
Honestly, what I saw bore little resemblance to that original building the early Christians would have used. More than nine hundred years ago, and more than a millennium after it was first built, Europeans came to the area and built a newer church on top of the old. While there are still signs of that original church, far more of what we see today is construction and mythology that dates back to the short-lived kingdom of Antioch. As beautiful as this piece of history is, I really wanted to know…
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