In search of the unknown god among the known gods

Deep inside each one of us is a longing for the Divine, or God. We see this demonstrated in the First reading for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (Acts 17:22-31) where Luke gives an account of Paul’s speech at the Areopagus.

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There is an irony in the story in that given the multitude of the Athenian pantheon there still was an altar to “an unknown god”, or Agnosto Theo. Paul made an observation of its significance and used it to preach the Gospel. Imagine for a moment what was going on in the Athenian pantheon. There was an altar and worship of a god for every area of life. Even that left out the possibility of a god of an unspecified area of life, hence the unknown god.

Paul points out that all these gods are of human invention or creation. Indeed there is a vast irony in that humans create and build gods and turn around and worship them. Imagine spending a lifetime creating wealth, which in turn becomes the most important or central preoccupation. Fame, power and prestige can also be gods when they take center stage in life. Actually anything around which a person’s life rotates is that person’s god.

We all, as humans, have or are still searching for that which gives or we believe will give us meaning for life. That is the longing for God or the Divine that distinguishes humans from animals – as far as we know.

The message Paul delivers to the Athenians and to us is that the Divine, the God we yearn for, the “unknown god” of the Athenian pantheon is not far but actually within each one of us.

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In New Age Spirituality we are all a part of the Divine and connected. As such what is possible with the Divine is also within our possibilities. Indeed, New Age Spirituality emphasizes limitless possibilities. The limitless possibilities in Christian spirituality are through the Divine. As Paul stated in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”

Before we look at the Gospel Reading, let us recall the Gospel for the Fifth Sunday of Easter where Jesus said: “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these…” (John 14:12). Unlimited possibilities.

Now let us turn to the Gospel Reading for the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

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