Paul found among the many altars erected in Athens one bearing the inscription, "To the unknown God" (Acts 17:23), or rather "to an [i.e., some] unknown God." The reason for this inscription cannot now be accurately determined. It afforded the apostle the occasion of proclaiming the gospel to the "men of Athens."
References to altars dedicated to pagan gods other than the one true God appear throughout the Old Testament. They were devoted to the Baals (2 Chr. 33:3) and various other Canaanite gods and goddesses (Deut 12:3) - Chemosh the god of Moab, Ashtoreth of the Sidonians, and Molech of the Ammonites (1Kgs 11:5-7). The Lord gave specific instructions that these pagan altars should be torn down and destroyed before altars dedicated to His worship were built (Deut 12:2-3).
There are many evil altars set up against Nigeria now where blood is made as sacrifice against her.
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