The Apostle Paul
Address to the Athenians at the Areopagus (Mars Hill)
Recorded in Acts 17:22-31 - NIV
Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said:
Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.
The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.
God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 'For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.'
Therefore since we are God's offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone -- an image made by man's design and skill.
In the past God overlooked such
ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a
day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He
has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.
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