You know I thought about the apostle Paul just now.
"Men of Athens, I behold that in all things YOU seem to be more given to the fear of the deities than others are. 23
For instance, while passing along and carefully observing YOUR objects of veneration I also found an altar on which had been inscribed ‘To an Unknown God.’ Therefore what YOU are unknowingly giving godly devotion to, this I am publishing to YOU. 24 The God that made the world and all the things in it, being, as this One is, Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in handmade temples, 25 neither is he attended to by human hands as if he needed anything, because he himself gives to all [persons] life and breath and all things. 26 And he made out of one [man] every nation of men, to dwell upon the entire surface of the earth, and he decreed the appointed times and the set limits of the dwelling of [men], 27 for them to seek God, if they might grope for him and really find him, although, in fact, he is not far off from each one of us. 28 For by him we have life and move and exist, even as certain ones of the poets among YOU have said, ‘For we are also his progeny.’
29"Seeing, therefore, that we are the progeny of God, we ought not to imagine that the Divine Being is like gold or silver or stone, like something sculptured by the art and contrivance of man. 30 True, God has overlooked the times of such ignorance, yet now he is telling mankind that they should all everywhere repent. 31 Because he has set a day in which he purposes to judge the inhabited earth in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and he has furnished a guarantee to all men in that he has resurrected him from the dead."
I really admired the way that Paul handled that. He handled it with grace and sincerity. Who knows he may have considered them unbelievers but he did not voice it! The account says:
"Now while Paul was waiting for them in Athens, his spirit within him came to be irritated at beholding that the city was full of idols."
Because he understood his commision from jesus he lovingly handled that situation with the hopes of helping some turn to True Worship. Can you Imagine if he started ranting throught the city? "Bunch of NON BELIVERS!" He would have been stoned. LOL