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Monday, November 11, 2002

Edifier du jour-Acts 17:22-31(NASB)
22 So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, "Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. 23 "For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, 'TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.' Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. 24 "The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; 26 and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, 'For we also are His children.' 29 "Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. 30 "Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead."
It's always a struggle in apologetics whether to deal with other religions from a "You've got it wrong" standpoint or to take the existing theology and say "you've almost got it right." Verse 27 speaks to this; many people flail away striving to get closer to God when he's already just a prayer away. Even others seem to be praying to that unknown god of the Greeks, they are covering their bases just in case. Many people have a loose sense of that unknown God, and it's up to us to explain to them the God they are trying to worship and His Son that died for us all.

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