while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him,
when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. Therefore disputed he in
the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the
market daily with them that met with him. Then certain philosophers of
the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said,
What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth
of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the
resurrection. And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus,
saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is?
For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know
therefore what these things mean. (For all the Athenians and strangers
which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell,
or to hear some new thing.) Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill,
and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too
superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found
an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye
ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you." Acts,
chapter 17, verses 16 through 23.
That there is something for everyone on earth to choose to believe in, and to form a religion around it, is true to extremes. There have been more religions that were "god-centered" than might possibly be known. Even today, the array of religions claiming to worship a "supreme being" or "higher power" staggers the mind, confuses the senses, and believe it or not, enters into God's plan for each of us.
But "religion" can not save anyone; only true belief in Jesus as the only begotten Son of God will save a soul from eternal separation from God. Anyone can "get religion" but few are those who will "get saved."
The process of salvation is simple, and free. It is a gift from God. Want to know more?
From a series titled "Questions - and Answers - about Everyone's Life," by Len Hamilton. Please reference use of any portion elsewhere to this website and its author.