The Parthenon & the Spirit of Humanism

© 2006 by J. Greene and Bible Vision

Nashville is a place where a Christian church is on almost every main crossroads. Yet, those same Christians have set up or allowed another temple in their midst and pay spiritually for the privilege every day. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5, 1 John 5:20) Most Christians have no idea regarding their plight, nor the impact of the temple of falsehood in their midst. The temple is the idolatry that belies the very faith that they profess. As certainly as Christians fail to discern strongholds of evil, they will surely end up compromising with them. One such example is the Parthenon in Nashville, the “Temple of Athena” in Centennial Park. The original Parthenon is highly regarded and generally seen as the essence of human grandeur, a crowning achievement of humanity. The original marble columns rise to achieve an ‘axis of harmony’ that has affected architecture and human culture for centuries. The temple in Nashville is a modern version of the ancient Parthenon, using far less expensive materials. To many people, this temple in Centennial Park is no less important than the original. (“Becoming Your Own God Through General Goodness?“; “The Idolatry Factor“; “Video: What is Idolatry?“)

Humanism, American patriotism and American exceptionalism have adopted the form of the Parthenon along with Greek culture as a pinnacle of democratic ideals and national pride. The United States has heartily embraced an idealistic understanding of the Athenians and elevated the same thinking into an attitude of what is believed to be a visionary superiority, cultural enlightenment and national stature. Around the turn of the 20th century, replicas of the Parthenon became favored attractions for international cultural exhibitions throughout the American nation. These exhibitions represented the desire for enhanced learning and reputation. Western civilization worships the beauty, promise of excellence and democratic principles that the temple of worship held or has come to represent. Originally, the temple was built to contain a massive golden idol of Athena, goddess of wisdom and war. Post-Constantine Christianity saw the Parthenon as a converted Catholic Church, later as a supply fortress and as a mosque while the original structure lay in ruins. (“The Magi of this Age“; “Deceptions of Ages: How People are Deceived“)

Similar to the Roman Catholic Church adopting previous pagan ideals into a collective religious culture, leadership in America deems that the nation holds Christian values dear. Many continue to teach that these values originated with the nation’s founding fathers. In recent history, America has been responsible for adopting the majestic look and design of these temples of worship for public edifices of the nation. Many political and financial building structures reflect the effort to build a perfect society through Greek and Roman culture. Through the ignorance of the founding fathers and a corrupted understanding of Christianity, the adoption of this demonic stronghold has subliminally tainted the nation, much as slavery has. As a result, these demonic strongholds have been readily accepted and built into the American culture along with false religious cultures of the past. The nation’s culture and religious institutions have accepted the corruption of religious temples in the name of beauty and majesty in what have become cultural icons of humanistic thought. Man is considered to be the measure of all things, the victory of justice over injustice, and beauty over chaos. This humanism envisions an enlightened society that seeks to preserve the finest artistic culture and refinement of mankind. (“Origins of Faith & Global Culture“; “Delusion & the Tightening Noose of the Beast System“; “Learning to Live Outside of Blind Justice“)

In the 1800’s, The City of Nashville proudly reveled in its reputation as an outpost of higher learning. Before Nashville became known as Music City, it was known as the Athens of the South. What better way to make Nashville a real Athens, a perceived center of learning and reputation, than by building an authentic replica from the height of the Athenian culture? Nashville, then a population center with lofty goals, undertook the construction of a full-scale replica of the Parthenon to house the art exhibition for the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition. The splendor of the Centennial Exposition lasted six months. In time, all of the other buildings were removed or disassembled. The people of Nashville were so in love with the temple that they had built from temporary materials, they turned the exposition site into a park with the Parthenon replica as the centerpiece of local pride. (“Aspiring to Godlike Knowledge“; “The Antichrist & the War on Reality“)

The original temple of brick, wood and mortar was replaced in 1931 by a permanent concrete temple. The years saw a decline in the condition of the temple until the spark of humanistic fever lit the city. More than $12 million in private donations and taxpayer money have been poured into Nashville’s Temple of Athena since 1990, restoring the temple to its’ former glory with new polychrome accuracy of the old temple in Greece. It took eight years for sculptor Alan LeQuire to fashion the 42 foot idol of Athena from known details of the original temple, effectively making the Parthenon in Nashville a real temple in the eyes of many beginning in 1990. In 2002, Mr. LeQuire was commissioned to lead a team in assisting in the completion of the gilding and painting of the idol of Athena. (“The Struggle for Purity of Heart“;’ “YHWH’s Track of Righteousness“)

Nashville now boasts the largest indoor statue in the western hemisphere. Athena is now gilded in Italian gold leaf and carefully painted. The ideals of humanism don’t see the temple as a temple. Humanism sees the symbolism: beauty over chaos, achievement over injustice. The original temple in Nashville was constructed to serve as the fine arts pavilion and the permanent structure supplies the same function, as an art exhibition. The Parthenon and Centennial Park comprise a historic landmark district fully funded by taxpayers, whether the separation of church and state really exists or not. Many of the same elements on the Parthenon have been extended to other buildings in Nashville, like the Legislative Plaza, full of modest references to Nashville’s Temple of Athena. (“Living in an Apostate World“)

The Parthenon at Nashville is not only a favorite haunt of tourists, but also of witches and less favored religious fringes of society. Some boast the Parthenon in Nashville as the Shrine of the Goddess Athena. A keen eye will spot curiously dressed and styled characters lingering among the columns of the building almost continually. The museum guards have become accustomed to seeing flowers and other offerings on the pedestal of the temple. Tossing barley at the feet of the idol is a favorite of some as they mutter invocations. Many tourists and locals alike sense a real presence at Nashville’s Temple of Athena, now bolstered to a new status as a real temple of false worship, both in the eyes of humanism and in the eyes of the less respected fringe religious groups that are often compared to the likes of ‘flat-earthers’. Alan LeQuire’s artistic construct has become a pagan sensation. (“A Branch of the Vine through Trust“; “Discernment the World Doesn’t Have“)

Alan LeQuire also designed the sculpture ‘Musica’ on Music Row, a short distance from the Temple of Athena, which set the city’s religious conservatives on their ears with a group of joyous dancing nudes. Modern Nashville and the nation can’t seem to get enough of what seems good to a man at a given moment in time, especially when it is in the name of art. Professed Christians in Nashville and beyond have lost the idea that the Temple of Athena at Nashville now exists as a publicly-endowed temple of false religion. Never mind that the temple contains a gold encrusted idol. Humanism sees the temple as the height of majesty or at the least, a tourist trap with an art collection. The reality of discernment indicates a demonic stronghold of profound proportions. (“Strongholds & the Armor of God; “Discernment: Having an Ear to Deeper Understanding“)

What has been classically ignored by America over the centuries is the reality of the demonic in the spiritual world. Even wiccans and the practicing witches that adorn Centennial Park see this connection in their own understanding. Modern Christians no longer see a connection with the demonic. They see the scientific and the physical, as they dream of the symbolic. As a result, they suffer for a lack of knowledge that reflects in their own lives. America has become fixated on the physical world only and is chiefly concerned with what it can touch and see. Anything else is simply imaginary in the eyes of humanistic man. The Temple of Athena is simply an expression of fine art to the mainstream. The reality is that Christians have deceived themselves as they place myriads of idols in their own lives ahead of the ‘God’ [Elohim, YHWH] they profess to serve. The Temple of Athena has become a god that represents the public face of Nashville to the nation and the world, a model to humanism and to fringe religious thought that has roots in the paganism of centuries past. (“Christian Disciples & the Authority of Man“; “Beware of False Teachers & Disciples“; “Filling Your Life with Truth Instead of Deception“)

Americans and much of the world have given demons double authority in their thinking (James 4:7-8) and as a result will continue to reap generational curses (Exodus 20:5-6; Romans 6:16) rather than the renewing the mind. (Romans 12:2) Lack of discernment and (1 Corinthians 12:1-12) knowledge abound. To discern the counterfeit, you must know what counterfeit is. (1 Corinthians 2:13; Hebrews 4:12-13) Instead of putting on the new man in Messiah (1 Corinthians 2:15-16) and exercising discernment, (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22; 1 John 4:1; Ephesians 4:14) they have opted for a compromised gospel of demonic influence as they walk the wide road to destruction. (Matthew 7:13; “The Role of Authority in Your Life“; “Disciple: The Bible & Higher Authority“; “Destruction Is Satan’s Intent“)

“Do not make an idol, any likeness that comes from out of heavens above nor that comes from out of the earth beneath nor from out of the waters beneath the land. Do not worship nor serve them because I, YHWH your Elohim is jealous in power, charging the iniquity of fathers against sons, against the third and fourth generations that hate Me, Showing favor to thousands of kin, those that love Me and guard My commands. – Deuteronomy 5:8-10, direct translation

originally presented from our website, Deception of Ages

See the other articles in this series:

Deceptions Home
The Parthenon and the Spirit of Humanism: Idolatry in the U.S.
Perfectionism & Christian Renewal
The Secret Deception of the Golden Rule
The Deception of Racism Among Professed Christians
The Truth About the Cross
Deceptions of Generations
The Deceptions of Christmas
The Deceptions of Easter
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John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
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Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
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