Paul in Athens
Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was g provoked within him as he saw that the city was h full of idols.
So i he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there.
Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, j "What does this babbler wish to say?" Others said, "He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities" - because k he was preaching l Jesus and the resurrection.
And they took him and brought him to m the Areopagus, saying, "May we know what this n new teaching is that you are presenting?
For you bring some o strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean."
Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.
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2 Peter 2:8
(for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard).
Their land is filled with idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their own fingers have made.
When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John to assist them.
1 Corinthians 4:10
We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute.
And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.
Acts 17:31 - 32
Because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.
Greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
1 Corinthians 15:12
Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: "Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious.
But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.
And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, "What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.
So Jesus answered them, "My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.
Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.
1 Peter 4:4
With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you.
1 Peter 4:12
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.
Were I to write for him my laws by the ten thousands, they would be regarded as a strange thing.