Essay on The Tragedy Of The Apostle Paul

1670 Words Apr 12th, 2016 7 Pages
When the Apostle Paul arrived in Athens, he witnessed people worshiping false gods. They created the god of their choice out of wood or stone. Some even sold these idols in the marketplace. This scenario presented a challenged for Paul, or for anyone who is trying to preach the Gospel in an area where it is rejected. Mars’ Hill was a place where, “All the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing” (Acts 17:21). These Athenians and strangers included philosophers, theologians, theorists, truth-seekers, dreamers, and realists who sought to explain how someone should perceive their life in general when worshipping their god or gods. Paul writes, “And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Tim 4:4). Mars’ Hill was also the place to be if one wanted popularity or to share his thoughts and opinions with others. When Paul saw the inscription “to the unknown God” (Acts 17:22), it offered him an opportunity to preach in the very same place where everything under the sun was heard and discuss the story of Jesus. By engaging them in their realm, Paul appealed to their intellect while directing their hearts to the Gospel. Weldon H. Adams states, “Like all philosophies, these were no more effective than the foundation on which they are built. Anyone may dream up a philosophy that appeals to certain

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