Cast Out the Idols

It must have caused quite a stir among the citizens of Athens when Paul made his famous Mars' Hill address. He found their thought mired in pagan worship, and he had the love and courage to face their skepticism and unfold to them a new and spiritual concept of Deity.

Paul spoke of a God who is not "worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things." And he added the tremendously important words, "For in him [God] we live, and move, and have our being." Acts 17:25, 28;

To hearers who worshiped a pantheon of manlike deities, the idea of life in God was a difficult concept. But Paul spoke with power and conviction, for he had proven on many occasions the practicality of what he taught. He knew with certainty that he lived in God, infinite Spirit, and this knowledge empowered him to withstand the rigors of his ministry, heal the sick and sinful. It enabled him in a considerable measure to realize and demonstrate his unity, or oneness, with the limitless strength, love, and intelligence resident in the one true God, revealed in Christian Science to be fetterless divine Mind, the creative Ego, or I am, of man and the universe.

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The Truth That Exterminates Error
June 14, 1975

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