Friday, March 15, 2013

St. Patrick


Vonette BrightSaint Patrick's Contributions to Western (Christian) 


Guest Essay by Dr. Marshall Foster
In the fourth century, pagan Druid pirates from Ireland destroyed
a village in England of Celtic Christians, capturing a 16 year- old
boy named Patrick. Patrick became a slave tending sheep for a
cruel Druid chieftain in the frozen fields of Northern Ireland for
six years. The boy, who was a near atheist when he was captured,
cried out to God in his despair. He prayed over one hundred times
a day and the same all night. He grew close to Christ in his suffering
and became repulsed by the witchcraft and even human sacrifice
of the Druid priests. Eventually, God provided an escape back to
England where Patrick prepared for the ministry.

Three decades later, Patrick returned to evangelize the lost people
of Ireland who had enslaved him. Patrick's fearless courage and faith
in Christ so impressed the king that he was given free passage to go
throughout the Island. Patrick baptized over 120,000 Irish people
and planted 300 churches. He evangelized all of Ireland, and in his
lifetime he ended the Irish slave trade. Wherever he set up a church
he left them with an old Celtic law book, Liber ex Lege Moisi (The
Book of the Law of Moses), along with the books of the Gospel.
The Liber begins with the Ten Commandments, and continues with
selections from Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
From that time forward, this book became the basis of all social
organization, including family, economics, welfare, and government.
The Liber is the first essential document of liberty that led Christian
civilization to far surpass the Roman Empire. The decentralized,
God-centered worship of the Christian Celtic peoples avoided
hierarchy and gave glory to God.