How do you know God is real? Maybe He is just a figment of your imagination? Centuries ago a man by the name of Job asked, “Who by searching can find out God?” How would you answer that question? Have you found Him or did He find you? Can you find Him through the scientific method or through philosophy? Someone has facetiously defined philosophy as, “The search in a dark room for a black cat that isn’t there.”
This Sunday we come to Acts 17 which is an historical account of Paul confronting the philosophies and ideologies in Athens. Athens was the home of Socrates, Aristotle, Plato and a plethora of other philosophers. It was a city filled with altars to the gods – some have said that there were over 30,000.
I just returned from Myanmar last Friday and it is a country filled with thousands of temples and altars. How does one make known the “Real God” to those who worship idols? I want to encourage you to read Acts 17 at least once before Sunday. Take some time to examine Paul’s methodology in making Jesus known to those who have no knowledge of Him.
We are told that we live in the most unchurched place in America. I don’t know about that, but I do know that no church can save a man from his/her sins and from the wrath that is to come! Paul in Acts 17 is convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that God has fixed a day in which He is going to judge the secrets of every man, woman and child by the One He has appointed! I hope to see you as together we learn how to make Christ known in our secular culture.
Because Jesus is alive,