September 28, 2015

In the Footsteps of Paul at Mars Hill (Athens)

"So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, "Men of Athens, I have observed that you are very religious in all respects. For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, 'TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.' Therefore what you worship in ignorance this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world....does not dwell in temples made by hands."

Bucket list item achieved: sitting on the Areopagus and contemplating Scripture where it actually happened. While there, we were greeted by a Greek-American from Detroit who was filming a small piece on what transpired there in Paul's time, and it was great to know that other believers were also there enjoying the spot and reflecting on the Bible.

We spent nearly an hour just looking out over Athens and glancing back over our shoulders at the Acropolis. As it was later in the day, the temperature was pleasant, and it wasn't crowded. There was an abundance of discarded cigarette butts and other trash, and I would recommend bringing a towel or other article of clothing to sit on while there. The rocks are worn smooth from weather and the feet of visitors; don't be like the tourists we saw trying to climb up in heels or flip-flops!

Panorama from the Areopagus with the Acropolis towards the right.

The beautiful mess that is Athens.

I'd be lying if I said we didn't match intentionally that day. :)

Have you visited the Areopagus? Do you have any interest in visiting sites mentioned in the Bible?

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  1. How cool! I would love to visit all the Biblical sites someday

  2. I just visited Athens this past summer and thought it was amazing. A lot of people say Athens is overrated, dirty and just one big tourist trap, but I had such a different experience. It was so cool to be surrounded by so much history!

  3. Kinda crazy that they created an altar to an unknown god...guess they were covering all their bases. I would love to visit Greece and its Biblical sites. The only Biblical place I've been to is Turkey - Ephesus and Cappadocia which I highly recommend if you haven't been yet. Great post!


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