aka "The Legend of Soap"
(Old World Belief-Before Christ)
Water is essential to life so there is no surprise that the ancients made their base close to the source. Our ancestors understood the nature of their unique position and gave thanks to God through sacrifice. It was common practice to bring animals to the altar where these beasts were killed and then burned in the fire. It was believed that getting high would bring you closer to God so these sacrificial rituals often times took place on top of a mountain. "Mount Sapo" is credited with being the original birthplace of the discovery of soap. The geographical location and exact date of discovery is undetermined. As legend has it, rain from the sky washed the blood, fat, and ash from the sacrifice down the mountain side where it mixed with clay on the banks of the waterway rendering a crude form of soap. The women washing in the water took notice to the cleansing properties making their work easier. As time progressed, people began to use "potash" mixed with oil to render what is known as soap today. It should be noted that some believe the discovery of soap to be as old as mankind.
(Modern Interpretation-After Death)
After the birth and death of Christ, sacrifice was no longer necessary to please God because God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) This is a gift that saves us from spiritual death as a result of partaking in evil deeds. This story about the discovery and ritual of washing with soap is an allegory for being cleansed by the blood of the lamb for any and all that have faith in the Creator. For it is said that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (Ephesians 6:12-13)
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