Reflection on Acts 17:16-31

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Scripture

The Lord who made the world and everything in it, he who is the Lord of heaven, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath to all things.”

Observation
In Athens, Paul is distressed by all the idols he sees everywhere. He argues with Jews in the synagogue and debates with Gentiles in the marketplace.
Paul says to them that he can see that their religious practices including an altar to an unknown god. Paul says that this unknown god is too big to be housed in a shrine and does not need humans to serve Him. He made the earth and all people and will judge them for their sins. But salvation is found in the man whom God appointed and raised from the dead.
Some scoff at the idea of the resurrection, but others become believers.

Application
Religion is hopeless to save people.
The Athenians were amongst the most religious people in the world with idols and shrines all over the city, but they still needed a Saviour.
Today people are religious in all kinds of ways and about all kinds of things Muslims, Hindus, New Agers, crystal devotees.
Religion will not forgive your sins.
But Jesus will.

Prayer
Thank you Lord for your salvation. Eternity does not depend on me being good enough, but only on the Blood of Jesus. Hallelujah!

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