Read: Acts 17:22-31

The miracles that God worked through Moses challenged the gods of Egypt. Yet, in another time, there was a Pharaoh who promoted the belief in one god. Pharaoh Akhenaten pointed to the rising and setting sun as the great god who gave life to the earth. His religious symbol for Aton, the sun god, was symbolized by a single disc of light with emanating rays. Though that Pharaoh’s idea came closer to the one God of the Bible, it was still idolatry.

In Athens, when Paul the apostle addressed the people, he was grieved by the idolatry in that city. Yet he used the people’s imperfect understanding of God to point them to the true God of Scripture. Paul said, “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands” (Acts 17:24).

In our pluralistic world, the people around us may worship a diversity of gods. Yet their spiritual journey need not end there. We never know when someone might be moving towards the Kingdom of God. Just as Paul the apostle did, we should respect a person’s religious background, watch for spiritual receptivity, and then point him or her to the one true God of the Bible as the Holy Spirit gives the guidance.

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