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We have followed the world into an insane obsession with the banal, the trivial, the here-and-now immediacy of "felt needs," without stopping to raise our eyes to heaven.

In his classic, The Odyssey, Homer's hero, Odysseus, must make his journey home past the isle of the Sirens. Hypnotizing sailors with their irresistible melodies, the Sirens drew the unsuspecting into destruction. Those sailors who thought they were up to the challenge soon discovered that they did not possess the powers of resistance required. Knowing this, Odysseus had his crew tie him to the mast of the ship and seal their own ears with wax. In so doing, the ship passed the isle safely and resisted the Sirens' song, to advance to the next stage in the odyssey.

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Michael Horton is the J. Gresham Machen professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, California), host of the White Horse Inn, national radio broadcast, and editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. He is author of many books, including The Gospel-Driven Life, Christless Christianity, People and Place, Putting Amazing Back Into Grace, The Christian Faith, and For Calvinism.

Issue: "The Lord's Prayer" July/August 1993 Vol. 2 No. 4 Page number(s): 1-6

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