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Nevertheless, it is perhaps instructive to see a remarkable example of this from ancient history.
If we were living in the year 150 CE, an apostate Jew would have boasted to a loyal Jew, that it's obvious that those who worship Jupiter are right while Jews who persist in worshipping their invisible God are wrong.
After all, Jupiter was the main deity of the Roman Empire.
The Roman empire was vaster than any seen in previous history and few seen since.
The Romans had brutally destroyed the Jewish community in Judea.
Rabbis were tortured to death by the victorious Romans.
Jerusalem was wiped out and replaced by a Jew free Roman city dedicated to Jupiter and a temple to Jupiter occupied the Temple Mount.
Jews were singled out to pay a special tax to the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus in Rome.
What could have been more blindingly obvious than the fact that Jupiter was real and he was succeeding while Judaism was finished? No doubt thousands of weak Jews indeed accepted that argument. (This is a sort of natural selection you might say. Throughout history, the worst Jews are constantly dropping out while the best gentiles convert and drop into the Jewish community.)
Well, where is Jupiter today? I don't believe he has had one worshipper in perhaps 1,500 years while probably a majority of mankind believes in Jewish based monotheism in some form.
And tens of thousands of people still pour over the words of those martyred rabbis.
This should remind us today how all the latest ideolgies, however popular, will surely sooner or later land in the dustbin of history while we will still be here.