The books of l, ll and lll John took place during the first great persecution under the Roman emperor. PHILEMON “Everyone says that forgiveness is a wonderful idea, until he has something to forgive.” Forgiveness is not as easy as it seems to ask for or give. Swallowing the pain of having been hhe letter to Philemon gives the reader a case study in the cost of asking for forgiveness and granting it. In addition to teaching about forgiveness, this brief letter also serves as a great example of the importance of equality and acceptance in the church. The apostle Paul, wrote the book of Philemon during his first imprisonment in Rome.
Christians and Atheism The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable. – DC Talk, contemporary Christian band There are three general reasons why Christianity turns people off: 1) The teachings of Jesus and the Bible are not appealing; 2) particular aspects of the Bible (or the Bible as a whole) do not seem feasible (such as the existence of Hell or an omnipotent, all-loving God); or 3) some experience with a Christian or the institution of Church is/was offending or repelling. This last reason why many people dislike Christianity is the most common and most painful for Christians to accept. It is saddening for a true Christian to witness the loving message of the Bible get lost behind the legality of the church (especially regarding political issues) or the hypocritical, unloving attitudes of those who call themselves Christians.
In one letter, Luke tells Antipas that the Christians believe this Jesus to be the, “Jewish messiah, or Christ, and the human incarnation of the most high God (p.37).” The author wants us to know What Jesus was known as to the Christians at this time and how important he was to the community. However, Antipas wrote back to Luke asking him if he felt uncomfortable with his association with the Christians. During this time, Christians were looked at as rebellions to the emperor of Rome and how they worshiped a different God. Luke replies by accusing their emperor of being more concerned about his own well-being than the welfare of
“It was our sorry case that caused the Word to come down” (Athanasius 4). Why would God continue to love us after all this? God could not abandon us, His creation. If we look at kings and rulers in the time of Jesus, we would most likely see corruption and death. When a king was upset he would often take a violent path.
The Middle Ages was a time of instability and corruption, which was when Dante Alighieri lived. Dante wrote about the horrible era because he wanted to show his hatred towards the current leaders. In the Inferno, he illustrates the unethical community vividly by the use of influential figures that disobey the laws. Additionally, Dante uses imagery in Hell that shows the connection between the Earthly sins and gruesome punishments that portray a vivid image emotionally attached to the church. Furthermore, Dante’s orthodoxy expresses mockery because the church did not always have a clear interpretation for the placement of a multiple sinner, thus exposing the inconsistent church.
Also they were though of as conspirators because they because they had "secret meetings," and that it only appealed to the low-lifes of the town due to their gullibility. Around the year 90, many Jews wanted condemn any Jew who had accepted Jesus as the messiah to rid Judaism of any trace of Christianity (Weaver 49). During the time that Nero was emperor of Rome, there was "the great fire" in Rome. Nero, faced with a troublesome Roman community, blamed the Christian people for this event and persecuted them (Von Voorst 71). Despite all this, Christianity continued to grow.
The capturing of this great city led to the fall of the Roman Empire in the west. Romans saw this destruction as a form of punishment for converting from the traditional Roman religion to Catholic Christianity. Pagans believed Christians were to blame for the fall of the Roman Empire. The Christians didn’t like the fact that Christians wanted to be more faithful to their God rather than their state. It was believed that the Christian God was the one true God, so the Romans couldn’t understand why this God didn’t protect them like he shoul... ... middle of paper ... ... Martin Luther had trouble controlling his tongue, and John Calvin was believed to fight the battle of faith with weapons of the world.
He was concerned to the point of obsession about sin and his search for salvation, and with help from his studies and desire for the truth; he became one of the biggest critics of the Catholic Church. Luther had many issues with the church, but his loathing for venality, the selling of things the church deems as taboo or illegal, and especially that of indulgences was what broke the camel’s back. These indulgences, which the church issued so, someone might be forgiven of their sins, was a considerable source of profits by as early as the 1400’s. Luther was vehemently against the trading of relics associated with Saint. He felt it encouraged superstition and pagan thoughts of magic, bringing them further from the true faith of the Christian beliefs.
Pagans and Christians both looked for someone to blame, however the pagans who were loyal to to the emperor looked for an easy target, which happens to be the christinas. Most Christians were either slaves or soldiers, so they were hardly respectable people at that time. The main reason why Emperors persecuted Christians is because historically emperors had always been hostile to christians. How could an emperor agree to a religion where they worship Jesus Christ, a jewish criminal.
Satan, as a character, has been satirized, mocked and made foolish in our modern world. John Milton, however, presents quite a different Satan from the devil-on-your-shoulder image people are used to seeing. In Paradise Lost, Milton draws on the Bible for his source of Satan’s character, thereby creating a horrifyingly corrupt Satan. Despite this portrayal, readers often find themselves sympathizing with Satan’s cause, and his determination, viewing him as a hero for his cause, as evidenced by his long, brave speeches. Later, however Satan’s speeches begin to show signs of regret, making the reader question their initial reaction to him.