Enlightenment of the Ages
Most of the people Paul encountered in Athens were members of two opposing groups, the Epicureans and the Stoics, and both were steeped in godless philosophies. The Epicureans pursued pleasure and were materialistic, while the Stoics rejected pagan idolatry and worshiped one "world god." Their beliefs were rooted in self-discipline and human reasoning, which they believed led to eternal enlightenment. Simply put: the Epicureans' goal was to enjoy life, while the Stoics endured it.
As maddening as this all seems, both these groups believed they had found a way to gain a sense of higher knowledge. But in truth, they had missed the opportunity to gain eternal knowledge and salvation.
The pleasures of this world are fleeting. Human reasoning, no matter how detailed and thought-provoking, cannot deliver the infinite knowledge that is ours through a personal relationship with Christ.
In his address to these two groups, Paul said:
The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else (Acts 17:24-25).
If you are searching for knowledge, you do not have to look any further than Jesus Christ. If you want to experience the enlightenment that has stunned the ages, turn to the Lord and seek His will and purpose for your life. He holds the keys to the universe and all that you long to have and experience.
Prayer: Lord, my only desire is to know the fullness of Your love and Truth. May I be so filled with You that nothing else satisfies. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"God did this so that men would seek him ... and find him, though he is not far from each one of us" (Acts 17:27).
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