Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Paul in Athens

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While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was deeply troubled by all the idols he saw everywhere in the city.
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He went to the synagogue to reason with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and he spoke daily in the public square to all who were there. The Athenians liked to spend time discussing the latest ideas.
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He also debated with some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers. When he told them about Jesus and his resurrection, they said, ‘What’s this babbler saying with these strange ideas?’ Others said, ‘He seems to be preaching about some foreign gods.’

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They took Paul to the high council of the city who asked, ‘Tell us about these strange things and new teaching.’
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Paul stood and addressed the council: ‘Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious for as I was walking along I saw your many shrines.
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‘One of your altars had this inscription on it: To an Unknown God. This God, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I’m telling you about.

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‘He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since
He is Lord of heaven and earth, He doesn’t live in man-made temples.
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‘He gives life to everything. From one man He created all the nations. He controls when nations rise and fall.
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‘God wants us to seek and find him. It is in Him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, “We are his offspring.” God is not an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone.

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‘God commands everyone to repent of their sins and turn to Him. For He has set a day when the world will be judged by Jesus whom He has raised from the dead.’
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When they heard Paul speak about the resurrection of the dead, some laughed in contempt, but others said, ‘We want to hear more about this later.’
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That ended Paul’s discussion with them. Some, however, became believers including Dionysius, a member of the council and a woman named Damaris.

Paul in Athens
Paul talks with the people of Athens about an 'Unknown God'.
Acts 17:16-34

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