Acts 17: 22-31
“Men of Athens!” Paul discerned
For those distinguished minds who learned
Current views, philosophy now old
Which we call classic, then just told.
First, a compliment. He would say
They were religious, in every way
He noticed how they displayed
Their objects of worship. And Paul stayed
And went on — he’d seen alone
An altar to a god unknown
“What you worship,” he explained
To those listening, “I proclaim
Is the God who made the world
And everything in it
He is Lord of heaven and earth
He does not live in temples made by hands.”
He needs nothing, but gives all life,
From one man, to inhabit earth.
He marked out their appointed times
So they would seek, reach and find.
Though He is not far away
From any of us, on any day.
Our being, our lives, are in God
We are His offspring, as your poets said.
So, since we are His offspring
We should not think the divine being
“Is like gold or silver or stone
Or an image made by human design…
He commands people everywhere to repent
For He has set a day to judge the world
By the man
He has appointed.”
For the logical men
The apostle’s conclusion then, was
“He has given proof of this to everyone
By raising Him from the dead.”
The steps up the hill are worn with time
Slippery, uneven stones to climb
Easier is the walk built by hands
To the summit overlook of Macedonian lands.
If education makes you a better man
Or woman — Can
It save your soul?
Then what good?
The beginning of knowledge: respect for God
So for all who have this soil trod
The question requires an answer still
How would you climb Mars Hill?
Original steps leading to Mars Hill in Athens, where Paul talked about God with philosophers.