Areopagus

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 “While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols.  So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there.  A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to debate with him. Some of them asked, ‘What is this babbler trying to say?’ Others remarked, ‘He seems to be advocating foreign gods.’ They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.  Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, ‘May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we would like to know what they mean.’  (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)

 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: ‘People 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. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.’”

– Acts 17:16-23

The Areopagus was an ancient courtroom in Athens which eventually evolved into a philosophy hall where people would gather and share all of their ideas about life and philosphy.  Among all of their misguided philosophies and idol worship, the Apostle Paul was able to use the Areopagus as a platform to share the truth of the gospel.  The streets of our cities are full of modern-day Areopaguses where people are sharing all of their ideas about life, death, religion, and the afterlife.  We are using the streets as our platform to share the truth of the gospel with our neighbors.