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A Biblical Reference to Poets

by BJ Legros Kelley

The teaching of the Apostle Paul, along with Silas who was accompanying him at the time, is found in Acts chapter 17. Paul's message was to the Greeks dwelling in Athens. Had I been in Athens at that time, nearly two thousand years ago, I would have found this message to be of great hope and enlightenment. I remember well my own inward longing as a young lady, to know who this unknown, as yet to me, God really was. This subject so personally fits with my ideology which I have referenced in my poem titled  'Child of the King' By BJ Legros Kelley, Published 2020 on  

For quite a long time in my young life (before I actually lost faith in any deity for a period of time), I had felt certain that there indeed was a God, though I certainly didn't know who that God was. I prayed somewhat to this extent "Mightiest Spirit,  please forgive me for not knowing who you are ...I don't want to offend You by getting Your name wrong." I'd then continue with my prayers and requests.

As a poet and with the philosophies I held at that period of my life, I would have greatly enjoyed hearing this from the Apostle Paul's teaching, even if presented as a theatrical reenactment. Philosophically speaking, I was of the very genre of those whom  this message was intended,  

I do not miss the fact that as being able to quote of the Greek poets, Paul obviously was versed in poetry of that day. The Bible reference is found in  Acts,  chapter 17: 23-34 NKJV


"Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: 24 God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. 26 And He has made from one [j]blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ 29 Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. 30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”

32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, while others said, “We will hear you again on this matter.” 33 So Paul departed from among them. 34 However, some men joined him and believed, among them Dionysius the Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others with them."                    ~ Acts 17:23-34