22 Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; 23 for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you:” (Acts 17:22–23, NKJV)
On Mars Hill, not far from the Athenian Acropolis where the Parthenon stands above the city (the temple dedicated to Athena, the patron goddess of Athens), the apostle Paul proclaimed the true God to Greek philosophers – the intellectuals of his day. Despite their daily intellectual adventures of telling or hearing some new thing, they worshiped in ignorance – they did not know the One true God. Trusting in human wisdom, intellectualism and eloquence results in spiritual failure. Salvation in Christ does not depend upon scholarly achievement and academic prowess, but upon the power of the gospel (Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 1:18-25). Honoring the true God calls for utter humility on our part. Without shame, Paul proclaimed the One God who could save them from their misguided philosophies. Today the same God continues to offer the same salvation from the foolish philosophies of human weakness and sin. The question is, will we be wise enough to believe and follow God rather than men?