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MYSTERY OF THE AGES
Shem, one of Noah's three sons, had some knowledge of
the true God. But undoubtedly, as generation succeeded
generation of humanity, knowledge of God had become
greatly distorted.
Nimrod, as recorded in chapter 4 of this book, made a
virtual god of himself. Through the succeeding generations
and centuries knowledge of the true
God
faded almost
completely. The ancient pagan nations made many
different idols out of clay, wood, stone and other materials.
Many examples of pagan idol gods have been dug up by
archaeologists and may be seen in museums today. As the
apostle Paul said, they worshipped the creation rather
than the Creator (Rom. 1:25).
First Century A.D. Concept
Coming to the New Testament, we catch a glimpse of
the ignorance of any knowledge about God. The
scholarly of the world in the first century were the
Athenian intellectuals. Some of them encountered the
apostle Paul in Athens.
"Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and
of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What
will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a
setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto
them Jesus, and the resurrection. And they took him,
and brought him unto Areopagus [atop Mars Hill],
saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof
thou speakest, is? ...
"Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and
said, Yemen of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye
are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld
your devotions [objects of worship-Revised Standard
Version], I found an altar with this inscription, To
THE
UNKNOWN
Goo. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship,
him declare I unto you. God that made the world and all
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