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Christians and persecution

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Toby Anderson-Jone Christians and persecution A 1) Describe the persecution of Christians in Rome by Nero. Nero (CE 37-68) was a Roman emperor who reigned from CE 54 until 14 years later when he died. His reign is better known for a fire that incinerated much of Rome in CE 64. Nero built the Golden House, a gigantic palace, in the middle of the destroyed area. Many had rumoured that Nero himself had arranged for the fire to be started so that he would be able to build the magnificent palace. At this time, Christianity had started to develop in small groups within Rome, but unfortunately, Christians were seen as outcasts and were very unpopular at this time. Nero also felt hatred towards Christians and was well known for their oppression. The fire that he had arranged had proven to be a perfect opportunity for him, to blame the Christians and persecuted the group further. 2) Explain why some people think that Mark's gospel was written for non-Jews facing persecution. ...read more.

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The Sabbath was made for the good of human beings, they were not made for the Sabbath." This is yet another example of Jesus challenging Jewish law. This gives the reader the impression that this gospel was written for the purpose of giving non-Jews (Christians in particular) courage and faith so that they could be helped to face their persecutors. Another example of writing for non-Jews is the book of Revelations. Although this has no obvious relevance to Mark's gospel, it was written at the time when Christians were being persecuted by Nero. By examining the text, you can clearly see that it was written for Christians so that they may have faith in God. The text is obviously illustrating that God will defeat all evil within the world and then Satan himself. After this has been accomplished God promises that the earth and heaven itself will be reborn and that the oppressors of Christians would not go unpunished. 3) Explain how Jesus' example could help Christians facing persecution today. ...read more.

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She devoted her entire life to helping the poor; she had little or no possessions except for her bible and challenged all the wrong that she saw in the world, but, today most of the Christians in the world are so indulged in the important aspects of their lives, that giving this kind of devotion and sacrifice to religion is so hard that they simply would not do it. It is not necessarily because they are mean and don't care about others or their faith, it is that there are many over powering obstacles that would stand in the way of doing so, the government for example. By law you have to pay taxes, if you give all your possessions to charity and help the poor you cannot pay your bills and so eventually you would loose your house, end up on the streets and eventually end up in the same position as the people you are meant to be helping. However giving to charitable organisations like Oxfam and Cafod can help these people without putting yourself in their position. So in conclusion, I do not believe that Christians today are prepared to undergo what Jesus went through because there are too many difficulties nowadays preventing it. ...read more.

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