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Acts 17

Jerry Zhang
Jerry Zhang
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Paul, Silas, and Timothy came to Thessalonica and entered the synagogue of the Jews. Paul reasoned and explained the necessity for Christ to suffer and rise from the dead, proclaiming Jesus as the Christ. Some Jews were persuaded along with Greeks and leading women. But other Jews were jealous and caused them trouble.

Paul's message was better received in Berea. But the Thessalonican Jews came along and caused trouble also.

Finally, Paul went to Athens. Since the Athenians were very religious, they heard Paul out.

To The Unknown God

For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: 'To the unknown god.'

–Acts 17:23

The Athenians worshipped what they did not know. They even had an altar inscripted with "to the unknown god". That's fascinating. They believed that there was this unknown god out there that they need to worship but aren't sure who it is.

I believe that every person secretly has an altar within their heart with the same inscription. Perhaps they're going through life desperately seeking purpose. Or they might be bored and tired of the meaninglessly repetitive life they're living. Maybe they've accomplished many things in life but still don't feel satisfied.

Whatever the reason, I believe everyone who hasn't found Jesus is searching for Jesus, whether they know it or not. Because everyone is looking for purpose in life, and until they find it, they continue to search.

The truth is that Jesus is the answer. Everyone wants love and to be loved, and Jesus is the only one that can completely satisfy eternally.

We Are Indeed His Offspring

As even some of your own poets have said, 'For we are indeed his offspring.'

–Acts 17:28

Even Athenian poets said "For we are indeed his offspring". While we don't know further context about this phrase, we can infer that the Athenians believe in creationism but don't know who the creator is.

When it comes to creation vs evolution, there's an interesting paradox. Proclaimers of evolution state that evolution is based on science. However, that itself is an unscientific claim. The scientific method states that only repeatable experiments can be accepted as fact. There's no way for us to go back in time to design an experiment for evolution. Thus, it's impossible to prove nor disprove evolution.

I'm not saying that creation is more scientific than evolution. It's also not possible to prove nor disprove creation. However, we were all born from our parents, and they were born from their parents, and so on. Trace that lineage all the way to its root, and what does the very beginning look like?

The biggest mystery is this: who were the first man and woman to have offspring? Where did they come from? And even if you do believe in evolution, trace all of that back to the origin. Then ask: where did they come from?

It's a tough question, one apparently that even the Athenians struggled with.

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Jerry Zhang

Programmer, YouTuber, and amateur musician. I like to write too!