Exposing ignorance

Nearly two thousand years ago Paul told the Athenians that understanding God would change their lives. A businessman proved that this message is still true.

SHORTLY after the time of Christ Jesus, the Apostle Paul stood on Mars' Hill and spoke to the men of Athens. See Acts 17:22-31 . He said to them: "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." Then he proceeded to tell them something of the nature of God and of man's relationship to Him. He must have felt that this increased understanding of God would help them to lead better lives—lives that were more in accord with the life of Christ Jesus.

Could it be that this same ignorance underlies some of the problems we face today? If so, it is vitally important that we begin to understand God as divine Love and ourselves as His cherished offspring. This will show us the way out of our troubles. Seeing God as Love, we can ask ourselves, Could Love create stressful or inharmonious situations and inflict them on its beloved children? Isn't it possible that these are due instead to our ignorance of God as Love?

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