Paul had come to the spiritual farmers market–Athens, Greece. In Athens, all the idols of all the gods that men worshiped appeared. Greek, Roman, Asian and even some idols from other lands appeared in the city. It was the Las Vegas of religion. there were temples on every corner and the people loved debating and discussing the merits of each. So, when Paul began sharing the Gospel, the people listened, but, not with a desire to know God, but with an ear to debate God’s legitimacy.
Paul seized the moment and used the people’s natural apathy to religion to actually ignite the Holy Spirit’s draw to their hearts. Paul seized on their desire to understand spirituality–he then showed them the basic truth, men spend their time, thought and treasure worshipping things that are created; rather than turning that energy to worship the creator. Worshipping the sun, the harvest, the act of love or any other creation is simply embracing a side affect not embracing God. In Athens, their were gods for every created thing, feeling and desire–but, there is only one inscription for the one unknown creator. Paul helped them to understand that if they worshipped the creator, he would provide all the attributes their gods claimed to provide. In addition, The true God would restore and complete them–and give them back the ability to be in relationship with Him–not just a token curiosity of Him.
As silly as the worship of the created sounds, it is as or more prevalent today than any time before. Men today worship the very things worshipped then–Power, Love, Money, War, Entertainment, Beauty, Sex and the list goes on. We have made the temples our living rooms and the alter our flat screen TV’s, Laptop computers and Smartphones–but the natural desire to understand the spiritual coupled with a strong desire to be self-sufficient and self-absorbed still resemble the people of Athens. We still need to recognize our need for God and His redemption. We need to accept there is only one true God–and we are not it. If we will; we will be saved from the sin in our life and restored to follow him. Then we will experience a full, meaningful and eternal life with the creator, not the created.
God Bless You
Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.
24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
29 “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead