徒 Acts 14:16-18
16 在从前的世代里，他容忍万国各行其道， 17 然而却未尝不为自己留下明证，就如常常行善事，从天上降下雨来，常常赏赐丰年，使你们吃喝充足，满心欢乐。” 18 两人说完了这些话，这才阻止群众，不向他们献祭。
16 In the past, he let all nations go their own way. 17 Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” 18 Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them.
There is no reason why the whole world should conspire to keep us from coming to the right way. Blindness has prevailed among all peoples, but God is now giving us light. Therefore, our eyes must be opened, and we must not slumber on in darkness, though everyone has been submerged in it until now.
God always has good reason for what he does; but because it is often hidden from us, we have a duty to be reverent and to marvel at his secret plan. We must indeed, admit that the world deserved such destruction; but the only reason we can give for God having mercy on one age rather than another is because it seemed good to him.