“Men of Ephesus, what man is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is temple guardian of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Zeus? Therefore, since these things cannot be denied, you ought to be quiet and do nothing rashly. For you have brought these men here who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of your goddess (Acts 19:35b-37) (emphasis mine)
That is interesting! Paul did in fact reason with these people, he talked with them, argued with them even, but at the end of the day his interaction with this culture was such that he was not considered to have blasphemed their goddess. Surely there is a lesson in here somewhere?How often do protestant Christians talk of their catholic neighbours in respectful ways regarding the virgin Mary (too much of a coincidence that some call her Queen of Heaven?)? How do we Christians engage and interact with muslims? Do these people or cultures leave certain that we have engaged robustly on the issues but have not blasphemed their beliefs? An interesting point, and I’m sure one in which there’s bound to be a multitude of opinions!