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The Unknown God

Post  Irv Everett on Sat 06 Dec 2008, 2:15 am

The Unknown God


While observing your devotions, I came across something odd

I perceive ye are men of superstition with your altar to the Unknown God

But I would not have you ignorant; blindly worshiping His Grace

So Him I declare unto you and to all within this place



God is the maker of this world and everything therein

Lord over Heaven and Earth needing nothing from us men

He dwells not in temples; neither is He served by our hand

He is the giver of life and breath; all He gives to man



God determines and sets our time; our habitation as well

By one man He raised all nations and gave this world to dwell

So we should seek to find the Lord; although He is not far

For in Him we live and move; and have a sense of who we are



God reminds us of a certain time; a time of all judgment

God overlooks our ignorance; but calls us now to repent

And God ordain a man; through Him is found eternal life

And gave His assurance by His resurrection of Christ

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Re: The Unknown God

Post  Waqar Daniel on Sun 07 Dec 2008, 10:39 am



The above altar is located on Palatine Hill, Rome, where once stood the palaces of the Caesars. It dates from about 100 B.C. and has the inscription, ´To the unknown God.´

The apostle Paul saw just such an altar while waiting in Athens for Timothy and Silas to join him. He used the Athenians religious zeal to worship gods they don't even know the name of as a springboard for telling them about the TRUE God:

"Now while Paul waited for them (Timothy and Silas) at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry (e.g. statues, images or any object used as aid to worship false gods or the true God). Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him.

"Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans (followers of Epicurus. They taught that the highest aim of man was to seek a pleasant and smooth life.) and of the Stoicks (they taught that man's happiness consisted in bringing himself into harmony with the course of the universe.), encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.

"Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill (the Areopagus or rocky hill in Athens where the Athenian supreme tribunal and court of morals was held), and said, [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." (Acts 17:16-18, 22-23)

Source: Picture of Altar dedicated 'To The Unknown God'

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Re: The Unknown God

Post  Pastor on Sun 07 Dec 2008, 8:03 pm

Thank you Irv for a beautiful poem and thank you Daniel for the added information on "The unkown God".

God bless

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Post  annlovesjesus on Sun 07 Dec 2008, 8:08 pm

EXCELLENTO!!! Very Happy

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Post  thirsty on Mon 08 Dec 2008, 10:44 am

Irv this is really wonderful poem, you have summarized the whole chapter of ACTS in few lines. Daniel thank you for putting up the picture as I did not know that this stone of "Unknown god" existed.

Bless you all

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The Unknown God

Post  Irv Everett on Tue 09 Dec 2008, 12:57 pm

Thank you Daniel for the information, I too did not realize that this altar existed. You sir, are a blessing. May God continue to lead, guide and direct your path, blessings to you and your family, Irv
Pastor, annlovesjesus, and thirsty, I really appreciate your comments and I thank you all for the encouragement, may God bless each of you and your families, Irv

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