God did this so that people would seek him. Then perhaps they would reach out for him and find him. They would find him even though he is not far from any of us.
'In him we live and move and exist.' As some of your own poets have also said, 'We are his children.'
"Yes, we are God's children. So we shouldn't think that God is made out of gold or silver or stone. He isn't a statue planned and made by clever people.
In the past, God didn't judge people for what they didn't know. But now he commands all people everywhere to turn away from their sins.
He has set a day when he will judge the world fairly. He has appointed a man to be its judge. God has proved this to all people by raising that man from the dead."
When they heard Paul talk about the dead rising, some of them made fun of it. But others said, "We want to hear you speak about this again."
So Paul left the meeting of the Areopagus.
A few men became followers of Paul and believed in Jesus. Dionysius was one of them. He was a member of the Areopagus. A woman named Damaris also became a believer. And so did some others.