Many of us grew up in a very religious environment. We were always at church – if it wasn’t a Friday night youth service it was more than likely a morning and evening session on a Sunday, maybe even a Bible study group or two during the week.
Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, "Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you” (Acts 17:22-23 NKJV). Who is this "Him" Paul is proclaiming?
One has to agree that South Africa is one of the most religious countries in the world. In every town – regardless of its size – there are at least three or more different Christian denominational churches. How did we get to this point – the point where GOD is not represented on earth by just one view, judgement and opinion, but numerous views, judgements and opinions? Even in these small towns the opinion of GOD is divided into at least three theories or theologies... But who is right? Who has the truth? Who has the "Him" of Acts 17? Because there can be only one "Him".
If all three churches are preaching the same "Him", why are there three buildings and not just one? Some may say that they prefer one church over the other due to its proximity, but people will often drive to different towns to attend churches which they feel have the “Him”.
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all (Eph 4:4-6).
In these little towns, we have three Bodies (of Christ), three Lords, three faiths, most likely three baptisms and three Gods; three ‘Him’s’. What about the bigger cities which have even more churches – each one with its own name and denomination? According to the internet there are +forty-three thousand different Christian denominations: forty-three thousand ‘Him’s’. But which "Him" did Paul proclaim?
Therefore concerning the eating of things offered to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one (that one of Acts 17). For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords) (think of all the churches/bodies in the small towns), yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live (1 Cor 8:4-6).
That “Him” is none other than the one true GOD.