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Louros-River

If looking at a nice painting, upon asking who the painter was, we were told: "Nobody, it just appeared here by itself", how would we feel, what would we think? Would anybody accept such an answer? Only one being not in his right mind. And yet, that is exactly the answer we get when we ask: "Who made the world, who painted this beautiful picture?" Nobody! And they want us to believe them, and they insist upon calling their answer "science." Oh, no! This is but extreme absurdity! As looking at any of man's works, our mind goes to the designer and maker behind it, so with the works of God. From the microcosm of the atom and the marvelous mechanisms discovered in it after its fission, to the macrocosm of the sidereal heavens, all speak of the Supreme and Infinite mind, the Designer and Maker of "all things, visible and invisible".He is not discovered, but revealed. Not seen, but manifested. "Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse...Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools." (Rom.1:19,20,22).

 
Paul's Message

"Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, 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. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the eath, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from everyone of us: For in him we live, and move, and have out being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in tighteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter. So Paul departed from among them. Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them." (Acts 17:22-34).

 
Mars Hill-Athens

View of Mars Hill and partial of Athens from some point of the hill of the Acropolis. As we have also noted elsewhere, Athens was the only city of all that Paul visited, where not only was he not persecuted, but rather treated well and given the opportunity from, in all probability, the most official platform, Areopagus, to address one of the most cultivated audiences of the Greco-Roman world, with the message of Christ and the Resurrection.

Athens was under Roman rule at the time, and had lost a lot of her past glory. However, she still maintained enough of that, to justify her name as the City of Philosophy, Arts and Letters, and especially as the birthplace of Democracy.

 
Sea

Τhis beautiful sea is near Parga, a town on the northwestern coast of Greece. Without exaggeration, Greece's sea is, perhaps, the most attractive and beautiful in the world. Such exquisite little bays are in excess of hundreds, perhaps thousands, in the Greek seas. We placed this photo here in order to let it bear witness to the hand behind it. To the One Who is "beyond all things". Yes, this picture is a masterpiece of God Who is not visible, but manifest everywhere ; not discovered, but revealed. He is incomparable, unequaled, indefinable, inexpressible, unsearchable and beyond everything else! He is the proof of Himself. "God is infinite and incomprehensible, and all that is comprehensible of Him, is His infinity and incomprehensibility". (John of Damascus A.D. 676-754).

 
Corinth - 1

View of ancient Corinth from some point of the Acrocorinthus. One can see ruins of the Temple of Apollo, of Krenes (Springs) and the Agora, as well as of other important structures, that the archaeological spade, brought, at times, to light. One also sees modern buildings, mostly houses, developing not far from the archaeological site. There is no doubt that, from the Christian point of view, Corinth presents a special interest. To this important city Paul came from Athens. We are not told if he came by sea or by land. The distance would be about sixty miles. Here he met a Jewish couple, Aquila and Priscilla, who were forced to leave Rome after an order issued by Claudius that all Jews should leave the Capital of the Empire. «And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by occupation they were tentmakers.»(Acts 18:2,30). At Corinth Paul stayed one and a half years and the Lord gave him a rich harvest of souls. More on the subject in another note.

To try to understand God by the mind is sheer foolishness, but to believe and trust Him by the heart, is divine wisdom and prudence.
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