Something Happened

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Starting our Faith

Everything has a starting point...
Framework for Faith, God is good, god punishes evil and rewards good, God answers prayer.
but sometimes that does not line up.
Sometimes good gets punished and evil gets rewarded.
Sometimes I feel like God doesn’t answer prayers
Many of us have been stranded with an incoherent concept of God. We learned about God at about the same time as we learned about Santa Clause…Karen Armstrong
But while our understanding of the Santa Clause phenomenon evolved and matured, our theology remained somewhat infantile...
Not surprisingly, when we attained intellectual maturity, many of us rejected the God we had inherited and denied that even existed. - Karen Armstrong The Case for God
The Bible
Acts 17:16 NLT
While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was deeply troubled by all the idols he saw everywhere in the city.
Acts 17:17 NLT
He went to the synagogue to reason with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and he spoke daily in the public square to all who happened to be there.
Acts 17:18 NLT
He also had a debate with some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers. When he told them about Jesus and his resurrection, they said, “What’s this babbler trying to say with these strange ideas he’s picked up?” Others said, “He seems to be preaching about some foreign gods.”
Acts 17:19 NLT
Then they took him to the high council of the city. “Come and tell us about this new teaching,” they said.
Acts 17:20 NLT
“You are saying some rather strange things, and we want to know what it’s all about.”
Acts 17:21 NLT
(It should be explained that all the Athenians as well as the foreigners in Athens seemed to spend all their time discussing the latest ideas.)
Acts 17:22 NLT
So Paul, standing before the council, addressed them as follows: “Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious in every way,
Acts 17:23 NLT
for as I was walking along I saw your many shrines. And one of your altars had this inscription on it: ‘To an Unknown God.’ This God, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I’m telling you about.
Acts 17:24 NLT
“He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples,
Acts 17:25 NLT
and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need.
Acts 17:26 NLT
From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.
Acts 17:27 NLT
“His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us.
Acts 17:28 NLT
For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
Acts 17:29 NLT
And since this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone.
Acts 17:30 NLT
“God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him.
Acts 17:31 NLT
For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.”
Acts 17:32 NLT
When they heard Paul speak about the resurrection of the dead, some laughed in contempt, but others said, “We want to hear more about this later.”
Acts 17:33 NLT
That ended Paul’s discussion with them,
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