All we are is dust in the wind, dude… dust, wind, dude.
– Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
An early Christian went to ancient Athens and told a story.
The Greeks in Athens were well known for their philosophers and their habits of thinking, talking, thinking some more, and then talking some more, so they happily listened to the newcomer. He had been mixing with the Epicureans and Stoics earlier, so maybe he had something interesting to say.
God created the world and doesn’t live in temples created by humans.
Hmm. We live in this world created by God, God doesn’t live in the worlds we create. God inhabits our “worlds” in a sense, because God supposedly lives everywhere… but God isn’t confined to our worlds. God operates outside of our temples, even lives outside of them.
He had more to say:
God made the nations so they would seek him, perhaps even reach out to him and find him. In fact, God isn’t far away from any of us. In God we live, move, and exist. As some of your own poets said, ‘We are his offspring.’
Now that’s big. We not only live in a world created by God, we live in God. God must be huge. And, on a side-note, how cute is the newcomer’s use of Aratus? He’s trying so hard.
God isn’t like statues. He used to pass over people’s ignorance of this fact in the past, but now things are different. Now he’s looking for some changes of heart and changes in the way people live. He’s doing this because he’s about to evaluate the world through the eyes of one man that he has appointed. And he’s proved this to us… by raising him from the dead.
This is where the Christian lost them (most of them). If such a huge God couldn’t be represented in a temple, how could God be represented in one person? And who comes back from the dead anyway?
A few people laughed, others said they wanted to hear more, and then they all had lunch or something.