An antichrist might be an individual who completely follows God all the time, but does not accept Jesus as Christ because they have been misled. When a soul has been misled the Christian community should not fear and treat the person as if they were the devil, but instead the Christian community as suggested by David Jackman, needs to hear God’s truth. “Historically this has provided the Christian church with motivation for mission” (70). This passage tells us the belief systems that have been crafted through the schism, may have some truth in their teachings. Christians do not even need to reintroduce “the appalling horrors of the Crusaders” (Jackman, 70) by trying to abolish anyone who goes against God.
Because of this, they enacted cold and brutal ways to deal with the “followers of the way”. Whether it was lashes, crucifixions, or stonings, both the Jewish and Roman officials hoped these punishments would “take care” of this radical movement of rogue individuals. However, Jesus’ death served as a source of inspiration for the apostles and early followers. Rather than scale back their evangelistic efforts after punishment, they “left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.” (Acts 5:41). 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.
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.
In the case of these martyrs, Christians have changed what the word family means, as family does not have to be someone of the same blood, but rather those who agree with your beliefs and stick together in times of turmoil. Perpetua and her companions were the first of few people in the year 203 to actually go against pagan views and express the importance of their own individuality and beliefs, and for this reason they are worthy of admiration. If it was not for their bravery and courage to break away from beliefs that did not wish to pursue, than thousands of other people would have never followed their example later on and fought for their own beliefs as well. The account of Perpetua and Felicitas describes two Christian Martyrs, who refused to follow Paganism, just because it was the so-called “right” thing to do. They knew that being Christian could eventually lead to death, but they were wil... ... middle of paper ... ...us enough to leave behind their families and the life that they have to die for their beliefs.
“There is a massive difference between willingly dying for the sake of the religious ideas accepted from the testimony of others (Muslim radicals) and willingly dying for the proclamation of a faith based upon one 's own eyewitness account (apostles).”3 In fact, understood this way, Christianity even places a distinction between the martyrdom of apostles and the martyrdom of Christians today. “Modern martyrs die for what they sincerely believe to be true, but their knowledge comes secondhand from others.”4 Even those who are killed for their Christianity in current times don 't demonstrate the truth of Christianity, rather the sincerity of their beliefs. The apostles ' martyrdom alone can be used as evidence in support of the resurrection of Jesus, and therefore, the truth of
Religion might seem like a great thing to follow, “[…] but why does it start wars, build huge churches, and fail to feed the poor,” Bethke states. Religion is a crutch people start to lean on only when they are having difficulties or problems, due to the church being more for the broken instead of those who are worthy of religion. Many people believe in Jesus more than religion, due to the fact that he is the work of god, while religion is an idea that was made up by man
To be a Christian during the time of the fall of the Roman Empire would not be a pleasant time to live. Christians believed in a higher power and devoted their lives, souls, and minds to God. And by doing this, they inevitably sealed their fate to be persecuted. Christianity began to rise slowly, but began to rise rapidly after the death of Jesus. The Romans had many problems with the Christians and they showed their anger by pursuing the Christian’s faith, which proved to back fire because the Christian belief just grew stronger.
He was greatly feared by the people who tried feverishly to make themselves worthy of his grace in his eyes. Although the Puritan people knew that they chosen few were the only ones going to Heaven, they still strove to be good people. Their live styl... ... middle of paper ... ... live it, but in a way that if you are truly a Christian then you have all the freedom that you need. All the "bad" things will not appeal to you. All humans are born sinners, but I believe that you have the power to control your sin.
He asks, “We have been sent by this great God to ask you to leave your wicked ways and false gods and turn on Him so that you may be saved when you die.” The British pushed their God onto the Mbanta, stayed in their town, and requested for a piece of land to build a church; and soon enough, the church is winning time and time again, getting more and more converts. “We do not ask for the wealth because he that has health and children will also have wealth. We do not pray to have money but to have more kinsmen. We are better than animals because we have kinsmen. ... ... middle of paper ... ...for her and her family.
With this Original Sin, corruption entered humanity never to leave until God the Father imposed His Word onto us so that we could be saved. This damaging corruption blinded us from seeing God in His own creation and in His own people. Never the less, God refused to abandon His people in a time of such great need for salvation. He chose to save them, but how? How could he destroy death and pay the debt of all humanity while remaining God?