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There is a missionary event in the life of the apostle Paul during the first couple of decades of the Christian Church I was thinking about this morning. Paul is in Athens where there are literally thousands of idols all over the city. Each idol representing a deity of some sort, each one believed in at some level, and each one worshipped on some level. But the presence of so many idols stirred Paul’s heart and he felt compelled to speak to the people of the city.

Acts 17:22-25 “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”

There was such a wide range of deities, the folks of Athens were not even sure how many there were exactly. Nevertheless, they did not want any god to go unrepresented, so they erected an idol to the unknown god to make sure they did not offend him… or her. God was many things to the people of Athens, but he or she was unclear to them at the same time.

Today, little has changed. Many people declare they are religious, but do not wish to hold to any religious affiliation – they are “spiritual” they say. In fact, this is a growing trend over the last twenty years, the number of non-denominationally affiliated religious people has doubled. They are holding to a deity of sorts, but it is vague to them. For some, this god is safe, the less they know, the less demand their religious connections will burden them. They can continue on with their lives as they please and never have to contend with this god because he or she never makes any demands on them. The God of the Bible for centuries has understood the human response to Him, and the varying ways people have chosen to acknowledge Him. But, as Paul tells the crowd, this time has come to an end with the coming of Jesus Christ.

Acts 17:30 "Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all {people} everywhere should repent,”

God desires to be known, and He has revealed Himself to us in His Son, Jesus Christ. God does not want such ignorance regarding Himself and the salvation offered through His Son. Know your God, know what you believe, and know why you believe.