I am always fascinated when I see something here in person or read about it in a local newspaper that gives insight into the religious mindset of the people here. Here is another example from the Wednesday, May 19, 2010, Phnom Penh Post newspaper:
More than 15,000 people came out for an annual ceremony in Kandal province’s Ponhea Leu district during which attendees beseeched a spirit for rain, a local official said.
The two-day ceremony in Ponhea Pun commune concluded Tuesday.
Commune chief Kou Eoun said villagers prayed for rain as well as for “peace for beasts and domestic animals”.
He said comedians and musicians accompanied a procession of 200 villagers who made offerings to a holy spirit called Neak Ta Pring Kh’aek on Tuesday morning, and that thousands of people travelled from surrounding provinces Read more >>
May 13th through May 15th was a national holiday to celebrate the Cambodian King’s Birthday. During the holiday, I had the chance to see Angkor along with Daniel and Dale and Nancy Knutson. The literal meaning of Angkor is “Holy City” or “Capital City.” The temple ruins in this area represent an era when the ancient Cambodian empire flourished. During this time, much of present day Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam were controlled by the military of the Angkor empire. To this day, the remnants of the buildings and temples of this ancient empire are a great source of pride for Cambodians.
I’ll be writing another post or two about history of Angkor, but here is a link to my photos from the trip: Temples of Angkor
On Thursday, April 22, I had the opportunity to speak at the chapel of Logos International School. The mission of the school “is to provide a quality, Christian education to their orphans at the Asian Hope boys’ and girls’ homes, to the local Cambodians who may or may not be able to afford it, to the missionary families serving here in Cambodia, and to all those who are interested in a quality “English language based” international education.” My text was John 1:1-18 which is the prologue to John’s gospel. The passage is rich in its theology of the deity of Christ and the doctrine of the incarnation. Heidelberg Catechism questions and answers 16 and 17 beautifully show the importance of Christ being fully God and fully man.
16. Why must He be a true and righteous man?
Because the justice of God requires that the same human nature which has sinned should make satisfaction for sin; but one who is himself a sinner cannot satisfy for others.
17. Why must He also be true God?
That by the power of His Godhead He might bear in His manhood the burden of God’s wrath, and so obtain for and restore to us righteousness and life.