Indian and Christian Parallels–Part 2

It’s said that every culture around the world has its story about the Genesis Flood. When reading Kent Nerburn’s books–Neither Wolf Nor Dog and The Wolf at Twilight–I didn’t come across the Lakota equivalent of the flood account.

But there are other striking parallels to Bible truths. It seems down through history, many of God’s truths have been forgotten or lost. Yet somehow they remain in symbolism. Perhaps that symbolism was necessary in the absence of written Scriptures.

The Lakota Indians put up red prayer ribbons at grave sites. There are many at Wounded Knee. When Kent Nurburn helped the Indian elder Dan bury his beloved dog Fatback, he put a prayer ribbon on a branch above the dog’s grave.

Supposedly when the wind blows the ribbon, it shows the spirits are listening.

That makes me think of the words of Jesus to the Pharisee Nicodemus in John 3:7-8.

Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Now consider Acts 2:1-3.

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

Notice the sound of the rushing wind as the Holy Spirit made His presence known. Now think of the Indian prayer ribbons. Wouldn’t red prayer ribbons blowing in the wind look like tongues of fire?

Click here for Part 1.

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