THE "CHIEF BLOW"

When Paul encountered in Athens the Epicureans and Stoics, who represented the philosophical thought of his day, he met their intellectual condescension with simple arguments of truth. His explanations of God as the incorporeal creator of all and of man as living in Him are paralleled by the teachings of Christian Science, which declare that God is infinite, all-embracing Mind and that man's life, substance, and intelligence are found in Spirit, not in matter.

"In him we live, and move, and have our being," Paul told the skeptics who confronted him (Acts 17:28); "as certain also of your own poets have said. For we are also his offspring." Paul's was a direct and forthright statement of God as the Father of all, to be searched for and felt, and of man as dependent upon Him for life "and all things." The resurrection of Christ Jesus, which Paul preached, was the sublime proof for all ages that life is not in matter and cannot be confined in flesh. The resurrection was indeed God's judgment of the world of sense and divine assurance to all mankind that life is indestructible.

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