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It didn’t take long for Paul to see how deeply the people were steeped in idolatry. The entire city was full of philosophers, Stoics, and men who did nothing else but spend their days telling or hearing new ideas about strange gods. And it didn’t take long for the people of Athens to see that Paul was clearly different. So much that they confronted him with, “For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears…” and they gathered to hear him explain his beliefs. Paul took the opportunity to tell them of the Creator God- Who made the world and all things therein- Who made all nations of men and giveth to all life, and breath- Who is not far from any one of us.
Paul didn’t stop with proclaiming Who God is- but went on to warn them of the judgement to come- when God will judge the world in righteousness by Jesus Christ Who arose from the dead. Now at this point- there is a decision to be made by the hearers. He was met with 3 responses: some mocked, some showed interest, and others were converted.
“So Paul departed from among them. Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.”
How about you and I? We are certainly in a world today full of false religion. Like the Athenians- so many people today are worshiping and are fully devoted to a god which has been created by their own superstitions- yet has no truth or biblical foundation. They speak often of the love and acceptance, yet lack the understanding of the judgement and resurrection which brings conversion. Are we moved with compassion to show these people around us the true Saviour? Do they see a difference in us- which causes them to want to hear our story? Yes, some will mock. Others will show interest and ask more questions, trying to keep an open mind. But some, like Damaris, will leave their superstitions and false religion to cling to the Saviour in faith believing and turning from their idols to the only true and living God!!! In this world today so full of distractions and delusions- there are still some seeking for the Truth. We need to be willing to share it!!