2500 years ago
This takes us back to
one of the greatest periods of scientific development in history, the
Greek Classical period. It began with the development of Homer's
poetry that gave the Greek mountain tribes a complex language as a
foundation for developing and comprehending complex ideas. Homer used
this language to combat the stranglehold of the Greek mythologies.
On this foundation a
scientific development unfolded that was nearly explosive in nature.
Within a couple of centuries the nation of mountain tribes that once
couldn't master more than a hundred words brought forth the scientific
geniuses that are still admired to the present day, people like Solon,
Socrates, and Plato who founded the famous University of Athens.
Naturally, the Greek
scientific explosion was echoed in other culturally advanced
societies, like that of Egypt which became famous for its library of
Alexandria. Alexandria became the hub for scientific development in
the ancient world. It was at this time, in the middle of the 3rd
century B.C., that the recognition was made that the earth is a sphere
and that the size of this sphere was calculated with astonishing
accuracy. Moreover, this knowledge was applied to navigation in
a daring attempt to circumnavigate the globe. In 232 B.C. an
Egyptian flotilla set sail across the Red Sea into the open Pacific on
a voyage that would take it to the shores of South America.
All this happened 1700
years before Columbus was even born. Had this explosive scientific
development not been interrupted by the ravishing of the Roman Empire,
humanity would likely have stood on the Moon in 800 AD and explored
the solar system. Then, humanity would have been spared its 1500 year
epoch of dark ages, ages of violence, war, famine, and disease.
It was almost in the
last moments, as it were, of this remarkable period of scientific and
cultural development, that the Christian era unfolded, and it unfolded
as a phenomenon linked to healing. In no other period in human
history has spiritual healing been practiced with such power,
efficacy, and assured certainty, than it was practiced by Christ Jesus
and his followers in the first century A.D..