God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.1
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'For in him we live and move and have our being.'2 As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.'
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"Therefore since we are God's offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone--an image made by man's design and skill.3
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In the past God overlooked4 such ignorance,5 but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.6
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For he has set a day when he will judge7 the world with justice8 by the man he has appointed.9 He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead."10
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When they heard about the resurrection of the dead,11 some of them sneered, but others said, "We want to hear you again on this subject."
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At that, Paul left the Council.
A few men became followers of Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus,12 also a woman named Damaris, and a number of others.
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