|Europa goddess to feature on Euro notes from May|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Sunday, 11 November 2012 23:28|
The European Union has revealed plans to phase in bank notes bearing the image of Europa, the goddess from Greek mythology, beginning May of next year.
Greece has minted coins bearing the image of Europa riding the bull before. I managed to obtain a couple of these during a holiday to the island of Kos some years ago. But this will be the first time Europa's image will adorn currency that is to be issued across the continent. Up until now Euro notes have been embellished with various depictions of architecture such as bridges, windows and doors, presumably symbolizing the aspiration for economic and political integration and unity through the single currency. The new notes will feature a watermark and a hologram of Europa and will eventually replace existing Euro notes altogether.
Quote: “"Portraits have long been used in banknotes around the world and research has shown that people tend to remember faces. Is there any better figure than Europa to serve as the new face of the euro?" the chief of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, said on Thursday (8 November) according to Bloomberg. She will first appear on the €5 note in May, with other notes introduced in ascending order in the next few years.
It is not the first time the image of Europa has featured in official European propaganda. Statues of Europa riding the bull can be seen outside the European Council of Ministers office in Brussels and outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The image has also featured on stamps, official artwork and magazines promoting the European project. It is of course not unusual for state governments to print the images of important people on their currency. For example the pound sterling note issued by the Bank of England bears the image of Queen Elizabeth. Our own currency here in Northern Ireland bears the images of various historical figures. But the 'government' of Europe seems completely obsessed with imagery that is blatantly anti-God. Even the very design of the European Parliament building, in the shape of the Tower of Babel, speaks volumes about the ethos of EU 'elite'. Not to mention their motto, 'From many tongues, one voice'. The statement made by the builders of Babel just about sums up the thinking behind this whole European project, “let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth”, Genesis 11:4. The European Union, a modern-day Tower of Babel, represents mankind's latest efforts at achieving greatness without God. And it will meet a similar fate. For the Bible reveals to us in Revelation 17 what will become of this woman and the beast she rides. There is only one Man who has the right and ability to reign over this earth and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise God that He is coming soon.
But does He reign in your heart? Just like the builders of the Tower of Babel, there are many people today who think that they can reach heaven through their own efforts. But the Bible says that good works cannot make a person right before God (Galatians 2:16). The matter of our sin must be dealt with. The Bible says that we are all sinners (Isaiah 53:6), and have come short of God's required standard, which is absolute perfection (Romans 3:23). So we cannot reach up to heaven through our own efforts. But praise God that Jesus Christ was willing to come down to us. He took on human form (Philippians 2:5-8). He met God's perfect standard (Matthew 3:17). And He bore the God's punishment for sin when He gave His life upon the cross (Isaiah 53:6). Now all who believe on Him can know their sins forgiven and have everlasting life in heaven (John 3:16). Have your sins been forgiven? Are you looking forward to Christ's return? Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31).