Prelude to the Olympic Games

"In a matter of days, the exciting moments of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janiero, Brazil will begin - a tradition dating to ancient Greece in the 8th Century, BC.

Athletic metaphors in the New Testament illustrate principles that would have been familiar to readers of the time.

The biblical passage with the most references to competitive games is 1st Corinthians 9:24-27.

The Apostle Paul compares the Olympic-style races to life, and says in part: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes. . .goes into strict training. . .so that I myself will not be disqualified of the prize.”

Engage with the Bible—in its stories of victory and defeat."

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