For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; (Hebrews 9:24)
Recently I had the opportunity to be in the vicinity of an actual goddess. I was in the city of Kathmandu, Nepal. There is a building there known as the Kumari Ghar. It is a very old building. It holds a special place among many people in that country. It is a religious temple and the home of the Kumari.
The Kumari is a young girl who has not reached puberty. Both Buddhists and Hindus believe that she is the embodiment of a goddess. People from Nepal and other countries come to the Kumari Ghar in order to catch a glimpse of her through an upper window. On scheduled hours, she appears at the window in order to give blessings upon the people below through her gaze. As a goddess she even has the ability to heal the sick.
All good things, however, must come to an end. When the young girl reaches puberty she is replaced by another girl. This is because at that time in her life the goddess leaves her.
When I heard this I thought how hard it must be for the young lady. She spends a good portion of her early life worshipped. But at the time she is replaced she goes back to being a mere mortal.
I also found it strange that the temple that she lives in is not that great. An earthquake hit the country about 18 months before I visited the country. The temple was damaged by the earthquake. There are a number of two by fours that assist in holding up the walls. The temple is part of a World Heritage Site and Nepal is trying to get monetary donations from around the world the fix the structural damage.
I visited the Kumari Ghar around 2 o’clock in the afternoon. The Nepalese people are fairly short and the building was not really built for somebody my height. As a result, I didn’t receive a blessing there, but a bump on the head by one of the two by fours.
I was told that the Kumari would peer out of her window at 4 o’clock and I would experience a real treat if I would stick around for a couple more hours. I decided I had better things to do with a couple hours of my life.
Not only did I conclude it wasn’t worth the wait, I also realized how spiritually blessed I am. What spiritual darkness a person must be in to think that a goddess lives in a seven year old girl and that the goddess’ home is a building that needs to be propped up with wooden planks. In addition, the physical body of the goddess is one that changes every five years or so.
Due to the light of the good news of Jesus Christ, I know where the true God dwells. He has passed through the heavens and is seated at the right hand of the God of this universe. It is a place that doesn’t need two by fours. He is never replaced. The blessings He gives are real. To all who believe in Him He gives eternal life. He has prepared an eternal dwelling place for every believer. Instead of waiting to see the Kumari, I know that one day I will see Him. Oh that we would be in the business of telling people about Him.