Acting Religious or Worshipping?

Acts 17:22-23

Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.

One of the biggest problems facing Christianity today is that it is ok to be religious.  Don’t misunderstand this; it’s a good thing that we don’t live in fear for our lives because of our faith.  But by making religion acceptable, Christianity is viewed with disdain.

Today anything goes and it is ok to have some sort of faith in the supernatural.  But it is entirely inappropriate to tell someone that your faith is better than theirs.  It is sort of an agnostic worldview that everyone should believe as they want because there is no true way of knowing who is right.

Of course Christianity claims to be the only way to God.  It’s not inclusive and it’s not popular but if Christianity is right, then all other religions must be wrong.

Fortunately, we can do as Paul did.  We can tell others about the God that they are missing out on in their vague spirituality.  What sets Christianity apart from all other religions is Jesus.  Sure, other religions have their own central figure but only one religion deals with the issue of sin.  Other religions rely on living a good life (which has laws that we can’t follow) and attempting to make atonement for sin.  At best no one can know if they lived a good enough life and made enough atonement.

Paul declared who was the unknown god that the Athenians were worshipping.  We can declare that Jesus is the only answer to the problem of sin.

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