17:23 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 blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed 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.’
There are realities we don't often think about. Part of the problem is too many of us live on concrete and are almost completely disconnected from nature in a hands on sense. Some may call it a coincidence that the growing acceptance of evolution and the shift from rural living to city living happened at the same time. I don't believe it is a coincidence at all. Those who live in and work with nature can see how complex and amazing it is. To think a random series of accidents produced everything we see in nature including our own bodies is preposterous. It defies logic, and science. However if you repeat something to people for long enough it becomes "true" even if it takes generations.
Paul is speaking to men who have inherited a worldview that includes a multiplicity of gods, each one responsible for something different. Today we find those beliefs archaic and even barbaric. The day will come when the theory we came from nothing and developed by a series of unguided accidents will be just as archaic.
Into this worldview comes Paul proclaiming one God responsible for all life and all things.
Earlier this week I was digging potatoes. My dad had planted them in rows by colour: three rows of red potatoes and five rows of white potatoes. I had dug all the red rows last week and two of the white ones. So this week I was digging a white row. I pulled up a plant and guess what was underneath? A cluster of white potatoes and two red ones. Red potatoes from a white plant? Yes. Because nature is not how we make it out to be. God created from one blood all the nations of the earth. The notion that there are separate races of human beings based on colour is a myth, a human fabrication.
Or these identical twins:
Race is a man-made phenomenon. We divided ourselves but our ancestry is the same. One God created one people.