He also moved the permanent capital of the empire from Rome to Constantinople, had many military victories that made the empire stronger, and had sons to follow him as emperor that could help keep the empire stable. Constantine was one of the greatest of all the Roman emperors. His work, his decisions and his laws changed the Roman Empire and western civilization. Even today, the effects of his reign are felt since Christianity is still the major religion of the western world. There are very few people in history who did as much as he did and had such a major impact on the world.
A lot of Heresies came out. The following could not have happened if only they would have accepted Christianity freely: 1. Jesus Christ of Nazareth was killed because the Roman emperors could not accept that he was the real “King of the Jews” and the “Messiah”. Even if a lot of people contradicted his teachings, he still continued to preach and spread the good news of God; and saved a lot of people. If only the Romans did not persecute Jesus, all of us humans should have been saved and all of us could enjoy eternal life because he was the one sent by God to represent him on earth and to make us grow closer to him.
However, there were many significant events that changed this small-beleaguered religious group into the dominant power in Western Europe in the high Middle Ages. As Christianity began, the first Christians were persecuted for their beliefs. To start, the Christians worshipped on Sunday, the Sabbath, to commemorate Jesus' resurrection (Weaver 44). They were thought of as disloyal because they did not worship Cesar, their emperor as their god. 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.
Christianity appealed to the lower classes of people for the very reason that they were included. Women, slaves and the poor also were drawn to Christianity because they were taught that in God’s eyes all sins were forgiven and all are equal. These beliefs are what drove Christians to give up their life to worshipping God. As it says in Sherman and Salisbury’s book, “...Christian men and women were brought to the arena many died so bravely that some Roman spectators promptly converted” (The West and the World pg. 177).
The followers of the way did the exact opposite of what the Roman and Jewish officials had hoped; it exploded with motivated followers ready to die for their newfound religion. Eventually, a majority of the new followers believed that the only way to attain true salvation was to die for one’s faith (check on the source in Chidester, Origin) However, the institutionalization of Christianity by the Roman Emperor Constantine in the year 314 created problem for the followers of the way: They had neither the means nor a government willing to kill them f... ... middle of paper ... ...r Romero, that bravery and faith transcends all time. Works Cited Chidester, David. Christianity: A Global History. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2000.
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.
The majority of the first Christians were Jews from Jerusalem that believed that Jesus was the Messiah promised to the Jews in the Hebrew Testament and they believed in the resurrection. “The earliest Christian community did not want in any way to part company with the Jewish community or nation, but to remain integrated into Judaism.”(P. 13). The differences in the beliefs of the Jews and the Jewish-Christians naturally created a separation in the two groups. When the Christian disciples started going out and preaching their faith to people, the Roman Empire saw them as a threat to their power and decided that Christianity would have to be stopped. Because Christianity and Judaism were one, the two most effective ways to persecute the Christians was to execute their leaders, and to destroy the Jewish places of worship.
Explaining His mission to the listeners he requires them to adjust and raise their expectations of Messiah . Jesus is much more than they had anticipated and God's mean of deliverance is through death. Jesus knew that He was misunderstood as Messiah and corrected their view in the gospel of Mark. Mark 8:34 is the only time on the Gospel when Jesus calls the crowd together with disciples because his message is of very high importance. The price for discipleship is a complete denial of yourself in the name of God .
The Persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire The Christian Church was persecuted for hundreds of years in the days of the Roman Empire. Christianity is a fairly widespread religion in the world today, so you might wonder what happened to make so many people hate it back then. When Christianity first began, it started off small, and no one thought anything much of it. But it’s message quickly grew on people and gained a lot of followers and admiration. The Romans, thinking it was just a passing phase, didn’t really react and just let it be.
The Romans, and many of Christ’s people, thought that this meant he would use his power to rid the Jews of Roman occupancy. This wasn’t the case as he was speaking metaphorically, but the Romans still took it as a threat and therefore hunted down those who called themselves his followers. Despite the tension between Christians and Romans and the fact that they had different worship beliefs, many Greek and Roman influences affected early Christian beliefs. These influences can be seen in early Christian art, architecture, and even their philosophy.