Once upon a time, Paul was used by God to perform a miracle, the healing of a man lame from birth.
11When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they
raised their voice, saying in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have become like
men and have come down to us.”
12And they began calling Barnabas, Zeus, and
Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker.
13The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just
outside the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and wanted to offer
sacrifice with the crowds.
14But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of
it, they tore their robes and rushed out into the crowd, crying out
15and saying, “Men, why are you
doing these things? We are also men of the same nature as you, and preach the
gospel to you that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and
the earth and the sea and all that is in them.
16“In the generations gone by He permitted all the
nations to go their own ways;
17and yet He did not leave Himself without witness,
in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons,
satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”
18Even saying these things, with difficulty
they restrained the crowds from offering sacrifice to them. Acts 14:11-18
It mattered to Paul and Barnabas that their works were being attributed to pagan gods.
Here the inhabitants of Lystra had to be restrained from offering sacrifices to their gods in honor of Paul and Barnabas.
A few chapters further along in Acts Paul is in Athens:
"22So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus
and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all
23“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." Acts 17:22-23
Paul did not say, "Men of Athens, Zeus, whom you worship is just another name for the true God that I worship. A name is just a name, am I right?"
No-he found an inscription "TO AN UNKNOWN GOD" and used it as an opener to preach the Gospel.
Bottom line: God is Who He Is, and He has the first and last word:
"2“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of
the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
3“You shall have no other gods before Me.
4“You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above
or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
5“You shall not worship them or serve them; for I,
the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the
children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,
6but showing lovingkindness to
thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments." Exodus 20:2-6