(14) Then the brothers immediately sent out Paul to go as far as to the sea, and Silas and Timothy still stayed there.
(15) But those who escorted Paul brought him as far as Athens. Receiving a commandment to Silas and Timothy that they should come to him very quickly, they departed.
(16) Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw the city full of idols.
(17) So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who met him.
(18) Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also were conversing with him. Some said, "What does this babbler want to say?" Others said, "He seems to be advocating foreign deities," because he preached Jesus and the resurrection.
(19) They took hold of him, and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, "May we know what this new teaching is, which is spoken by you?
(20) For you bring certain strange things to our ears. We want to know therefore what these things mean."
(21) Now all the Athenians and the strangers living there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell or to hear some new thing.
(22) Paul stood in the middle of the Areopagus, and said, "You men of Athens, I perceive that you are very religious in all things.
(23) For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: 'TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.' What therefore you worship in ignorance, this I announce to you.
(24) The God who made the world and all things in it, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, doesn't dwell in temples made with hands,
(25) neither is he served by men's hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he himself gives to all life and breath, and all things.
(26) He made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the surface of the earth, having determined appointed seasons, and the boundaries of their dwellings,
(27) that they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.
(28) 'For in him we live, and move, and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also his offspring.'
(29) Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold, or silver, or stone, engraved by art and design of man.
(30) The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked. But now he commands that all people everywhere should repent,
(31) because he has appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he has ordained; of which he has given assurance to all men, in that he has raised him from the dead."
(32) Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked; but others said, "We want to hear you again concerning this."
(33) Thus Paul went out from among them.
For the Athenians, life was exciting, each day had something new to discuss. But as we can see from their responses, not everyone was open to a new idea, regardless of how much conversation might take place. Could the resurrection really be true? Some belittled even the very thought of it and others.... were thinking. Its just like the tires in the picture above, if you are open minded you will see it as possible, if not, then you will probably criticize even what you see. As Jack Palance used to say at the end of every Ripley's show: "Believe it or not"!!