“SIGNS AND WONDERS”
We read today one of the better known incidents in the Bible, it is when Paul was in Athens and confronted the idol worshippers and then gave his speech on Mars Hill (or Areopagus). (Acts 17 v.22). Paul comments on how religious (AV superstitious) they are! “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious: for I passed along and observed the objects of your worship.”
Paul seizes on the fact they had even made an altar to the unknown god, in case they had missed one! Paul’s describes the God they do not know as the one true God, a God that is REAL and not the product of human imagination.
Today we have ‘evolution’ as the product of human imagination which is, in a sense, ‘worshipped’ by most of the intellectuals of this age. This belief in evolution – as a sort of ‘God,’ sets free its worshippers from any sense of having a conscience toward their Creator in the way they behave. Consciences today are motivated by what is called humanism; this should give humans som sense of responsibility but more and more live with very little at all. Does it occur to you to wonder why Paul performed no miracles at Athens? At the beginning of the Apostle’s preaching there had been a dramatic healing in Jerusalem. Miracles occurred again in Cyprus and then at Iconium where “the Lord bore witness … granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands” [14 v.3] and again at Lystra and Philippi. The healings helped convince many, or at least challenge them to respond! So why not at Athens?
It appears that the people of Athens were so set and confident in their ways of religious thought that they did not deserve to witness a miracle! Remember Jesus “could no mighty work in Nazareth because of their unbelief” (Mark 6 v.4-6) Is this not comparable to today and the attitudes to be seen on almost every hand?
As more and more is discovered of the “wonders” in our world and the universe around us, the more extraordinary are the theories that are advanced to explain how it all came into being without the need for a Creator.. There is now a conviction, especially among intellectuals, that there is no God at all – leading to a belief, among those who think at all – that all things “created” themselves! As for the rest, the majority, – nearly all live for today! This attitude reminds us of Jesus’ parable of one who says, “”Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”‘[Luke 12 v.19] When the miracle of Christ’s return astonishes and overwhelms our world – it will be too late to start believing. Belief in God has its foundation built on faith that is created by reading God’s word regularly and meditating on it! Let us make sure our foundation is really strong – it cannot be too strong!
By Bro D.Caudery
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