Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, July 30th, 2018
Hot Topics... Religions: Little To None
While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there.
Acts 17:16-17 (NIV)
Paul was a skilled ambassador for Christ among people with little to no faith: like philosophers and idolators, or those who thought faith was superstition.

But God-deniers and God-questioners fall into one of two categories: 1) Hateful scoffers; 2) Honest skeptics.

As opposed to religious hypocrites (which are obviously loathsome to God), honest skeptics share one virtue with God: authenticity in presentation. Even more, when they meet honesty's Source, miracles can happen.

More than a few notable atheists became ever more notable Christians, like C.S. Lewis, Derek Prince, Kirk Cameron, Lee Strobel and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Suggested responses to outsiders who show little to no (apparent) faith:

1) Decide if they're in Group 1 or Group 2. Regarding scoffers, resist engaging.
2) Give respect to an honest atheist and don't presume to know his destiny.*
3) Extend the fruit of the Holy Spirit and be prepared to wait on God's timing.

## Hot Topics, Religion: Little To None (Part 56)

* Previous Devotion, Christian Scribes & Pharisees:

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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