There’s an interesting insight into this from archaeology. It’s found in some graffiti from the wall of a house in Rome, written by someone making fun of a Christian he knew. The idea that someone would follow a hero who was crucified was foolishness to him. So, he drew a figure of Jesus, with a donkey’s head, on the cross. In front of it is a young man, worshiping. Then, he wrote a caption: “Alexamenus worships his god.” It’s an interesting look into the attitude of the Roman world toward the way of the cross. Foolishness.