Acts 17-18~ Day 53~ God has no need for a temple!

Athens....it's the capital of Greece to this day...I've been there and walked around the Parthenon temple.  It sits on top of a hill for all the surrounding people in the city to look up and admire.  One thing that is very noticeable about the landmark is that it is empty.  It's majestic columns hold up nothing and there is no Athena statue for people to worship. Everything that was "greatly distressing" Paul as he walked through the city (17:16), every idol, has been wiped out.

Don't get me wrong, Satan is still alive and well deceiving people in different ways, but the overt idol worship has been replaced with little statue replicas for sale in tourist shops.

Paul was so right when he said,"The God who made the world and everything in it is Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands" (17: 24).  I feel so blessed that God has revealed himself to me!  I know that my God isn't going anywhere, he can't be destroyed or become an empty tourist destination!!  He always was and always will be!  What assurance for me!! But how scary for those who don't see that reality!  These words leaped off the pages for me, "In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.  For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed." (17:30-31) No wonder Paul was so distressed!😳




On a total side note, did you know that the Parthenon was used to worship Athena for about 1000years (438 BC- 600AD) years? But then it was made into a church (600's AD)! So for another 1000 years, it was used to worship God!  (Paul would have liked that!)  Then, the church was destroyed in 1458 and the turks converted it into a mosque until 1687 ( a mere 200 years)!  Then it just sat as the ruin it is today...I was surprised at this history.  Just thought I would share...

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