Athens was a highly religious community. Paul recognized this in his time there reported in Acts 17 which reads:
22 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. 23 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.
Paul used this religious worldview to build a bridge to the message of Jesus. In the end, he found three results. Some were cold, others were curious, and a few were convinced. Those convinced believed the gospel and became disciples of Jesus. These individuals moved beyond religion to begin a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Dillon Burroughs is the author or co-author of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of the New Testament in 2011 at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com