- A great many believe this world and its pleasures are all that counts, so make as much money as possible and fill our life with what makes you happiest.
- Philosophers, in general, don’t care about what can be observed. They care about reasoning, logic, and the “potential of man.” Unfortunately, the true potential of man is eternal, conscious torment in the lake of fire.
- The Lord Jesus Chrit is the focal point and the central Figure of history. Eternity completely depends upon what each one personally does with the the Lord Jesus Christ!
- Conclusion: Because of Adam’s sin in the garden, man’s default mode was set to “Sinner under the condemnation of God.” Many people attempt to reset their default mode, but only the Creator can reset man’s default mode when an individual surrenders to the Lord Jesus Christ.
17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with them that met him. 18 And certain also of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said, What would this babbler say? others, He seemeth to be a setter forth of [c]strange [d]gods: because he [e]preached Jesus and the resurrection. 19 And they took hold of him, and brought him [f]unto [g]the Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new teaching is, which is spoken by thee? 20 For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean. 21 (Now all the Athenians and the strangers sojourning there [h]spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell or to hear some new thing.) 22 And Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus, and said,
Ye men of Athens, in all things I perceive that ye are [i]very religious. 23 For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, To an Unknown God. What therefore ye worship in ignorance, this I set forth unto you. 24 The God that made the world and all things therein, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in [j]temples made with hands; 25 neither is he served by men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he himself giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26 and he made of one every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed seasons, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 that they should seek God, if haply they might feel after him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us: 28 for in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain even of your own poets have said,
For we are also his offspring. 29 Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that [k]the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and device of man. 30 The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked; but now he [l]commandeth men that they should all everywhere repent: 31 inasmuch as he hath appointed a day in which he will judge [m]the world in righteousness [n]by [o]the man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
32 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked; but others said, We will hear thee concerning this yet again. 33 Thus Paul went out from among them. 34 But certain men clave unto him, and believed: among whom also was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.-Acts 17:16-32