Paul’s Speech to Wise Fools

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If you had been in Athens around the year 52 A.D., you might have arrived in time to hear an odd little Jewish guy give a speech to the most sophisticated, best-educated audience in the Greco-Roman world. The odd little guy was St. Paul, and this is what he said to them:

“Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.’ Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.

“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; and hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: for in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain of your own poets have also said, ‘For we are also his offspring.’

“Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained whereof he hath given assurance unto all men in that he hath raised him from the dead.”

And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked… [Acts 17:22-32]

Paul made few converts in Athens. They were all too smart to be interested in eternal life.

Some things never change.

7 comments on “Paul’s Speech to Wise Fools

  1. Absolutely right.
    Einstein thought himself too “smart” to stay committed to faith in God. Sir Isaac Newton was a very devout Christian yet thought himself too ” smart” to believe in the Trinity.
    Steven Hawking has formed an elaborate theory that is untestable and tells the world creation didn’t need God, yet his central position is easily toppled by simple logic anyone can grasp.
    Their strength is also their greatest weakness.

  2. If you believe what Peter said then do not go to a Church, Temple or any place to worship. Do not give money to Churches for they are Temples to the Unknown God and go against the Bible.
    Jesus was poor and wanted everyone to live in poverty.
    Jesus is a watered down version of Dionysus.
    The Holy Communion is from the Eleusinian Mysteries
    and the Rites of Bacchus. People long ago were much wiser about religion than today. The ancients knew that people must integrate customs to have harmony, wisdom, joy and a deeper understanding of life.
    The modern monotheists have destroyed the natural ways of human life and have stopped the development of religion by saying that there is only one God and one way to worship him. We all know that there is not one God nor one way to worship. Customs evolve from older customs. Abrahamic religions live in constant hypocrisy that will not be rewarded and only leads to misery. They all suffer by their own foolish beliefs and actions against those that disagree with their cruel ways of life. There is no wisdom in believing in one book, it is very tragic that people are taught to do that. People must read many books to know about life. People must unite to have good lives. Religons always evolve out of older religions,
    The wonderful reasons for the Temple of Agnostos Theos (The Unknown God) is that we will always have Gods and Goddesses that we do not know that help us and most importantly that religions evolve.
    The Goddesses and Gods disguise themselves so that we can learn more and evolve. Evolution is eternal.

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