100 Reasons why the Bible does not use the word Trinity: Reason 17 of 100 [Paul’s witness at Athens to Non Jews: (YHWH) has fixed a day on which (YHWH) will judge the world in righteousness by a MAN (Jesus) whom (YHWH) has appointed]

Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, “What does this babbler wish to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”–because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection. And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean.” Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new. So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this.”
(Acts 17:16-32 ESV)

In the above verses we get Paul’s witness to people who had no knowledge or very little knowledge of the God of Israel. We will follow Paul’s argument on how he preaches God and Jesus and follow his emphasis:

  1. He was preaching Jesus and the resurrection
  2. The God (YHWH) who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man
  3. He (YHWH) himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything
  4. He (YHWH) is actually not far from each one of us. {THis is important as lot of the need for Jesus is the feeling that YHWH is unapproachable}
  5. He (YHWH) made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth,
  6. They (People) should seek God(YHWH), in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him
  7. ‘For we are indeed his (YHWH) offspring.
  8. The times of ignorance God (YHWH) overlooked
  9. He (YHWH) commands all people everywhere to repent, because he (YHWH) has fixed a day on which he (YHWH) will judge the world in righteousness by a man (Jesus) whom he (YHWH)  has appointed.
  10. He (YHWH) has given assurance to all by raising him (Jesus) from the dead

The emphasis about Jesus is:

  1. A  MAN whom he (YHWH)  has appointed – {Not self appointed}
  2. He (YHWH) has given assurance to all by raising him (Jesus) from the dead – i.e. Jesus would still be dead if God had not intervened. {Not self raised from the dead}
  3. (YHWH) will judge the world in righteousness by a man (Jesus) – Jesus is MAN

Paul did not debate with the Greeks about the multiplicity of Gods in One God. He preached ONE God and about the MAN Jesus and his resurrection.

Today if Christian meet a stranger to the bible they will not witness what Paul witnessed. In fact they will only witness about Jesus as God (unlike Paul). Resurrection is another null and void message for Christians.

 

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