All Truth is God’s Truth!

Acts 17:28
For ‘In Him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your poets have said,
‘For we are indeed his offspring.’

Some Christians have the notion that anything taken from paganism or secular culture and used in the service of the gospel is inherently corrupting and sinful.  A constant complaint against the Catholic Church is that it has allegedly sullied the purity of the gospel of Christ with pagan ideas and practices.  St. Paul would find this charge funny, since he himself made use of pagan poets in his preaching, as today’s verse makes clear.  So would St. John, who borrowed the term “Logos” from Greco-Roman philosophy to describe Jesus Christ (John 1:1).  They knew the same truth that Augustine pointed out four centuries later: when Israel left Egypt, they took the gold of the Egyptians with them, with God’s blessing (Exodus 12:35-36).  All truth is God’s truth, even if pagan or secular culture is teaching it.   Today, find a way to engage our culture with the truth of God in ways people can understand.  If it’s good enough for Paul, it’s good enough for us.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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  • Grandpa Tom

    Absolutly right. Jesus said “I am the way the truth and the life.” Budda and others spend their entire life looking for the Truth. Truth cannot contridict truth, therefore all truth even that truth found in all science and nature is God’s truth. Truth is eternal. Truth is the light that overcomes the darkness. Truth is pure. Truth is enlightening. Truth is walking in the footsteps of Christ Crucified, to know the Truth is to know the Word which is the immaculate Lamb who sprinkled us with the Truth of His Blood. The pagan who searches for final and absolute truth will find Jesus Christ, Son of God.