|One of the billboards going up in Indianapolis and at least 3 other cities in the U.S.A.|
There were some differences between the scene in Athens in the first century A.D. and Indianapolis in the 21st. They didn't erect billboards in Athens and they actually WERE religious. Just not Christian. But Paul went right on speaking truth to some highly intelligent people! Babbling for Jesus: Speaking Truth to Highly Intelligent People is the title of a sermon worth reading if you wonder how to initiate a conversation about JESUS. Not God in general. Not religion. But JESUS in whom God was reconciling us to Himself!
Yes, there ARE loving, caring, and hopeful people who live without a belief in God. But there is a whole dimension they are missing. Jesus gives me hope of eternal life in the world to come! He extended and modeled perfect love by laying down His life for us. He cares for us when friends and family disappoint us. He came that we might have life and have it "more abundantly"!
Personally, I have no argument with the statement on the sign--only sadness that many highly intelligent people settle for hoping, caring, loving and living for THIS life only without factoring in the reality of ETERNITY!
The sermon I linked to above ends with some practical suggestions and encouragement for those who want to "Speak Truth to Highly Intelligent People".
Forget convoluted discussions about religion.
But babble on about Jesus.