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Christians & Persecution

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Christians & Persecution To fully understand the persecution of Christians you must look at Nero. Nero was brought up by his twisted, alcoholic father, and his power crazed mother. He inherited his violent tendencies from his father and his lust for power from his mother. When Nero's father passed away Nero's mother (Agrappina II) immediately searched for power. She then went on to marry her uncle, Emperor Claudius. Soon after he was poisoned by a mushroom sauce and this is how Nero inherited the throne to the greatest empire. So Agrappina carefully engineered Nero's life so that he would become Emperor and she could assist him in his role. Romans hated the Christians because of their weird acts associated with their faith. They thought they were crazy and cannibalistic because they were said to eat the body of Christ and drink his blood! (This was symbolic but the Romans did not know that) Nero soon used this to his advantage when he later set fire to Rome while he performed on stage, so that he could build his golden palace on the land made available by the burned down houses. ...read more.

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The murder of father, Rutilio Grande who's only crime was living in poverty alongside helpless peasants. Spurred him an to challenge the government and its unjust treatment of the poor. As a result he was gunned down as he celebrated mass. He will have identified with Jesus who also suffered simply for trying to help the weakest members of society. An Example which could help those who are facing persecution is "Jesus prays in Gethsemane" Ch14v36-42, this example shows how even when Jesus is in despair he will do what God wants him to. The message given from this is that in the time of great suffering you must stick to your faith at all costs. This is what Rutilio Grande did and his faith brought him death. In a way, modern Christians do have to submit to punishment, people could be made social outcasts and be called names and take physical and verbal abuse off non-Christians just for their religion. This reflects the time when Jesus was summoned to the high priest and he had to submit to questioning and suffering. He did what he knew was right and was resurrected three days after his death Another example of when Jesus was ridiculed was when Jesus healed Jairus' ...read more.

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To eradicate the Christian and non-Muslim population, the Sudanese government and its agents have bombed, burned and looted southern villages, enslaved woman and children, and even sent them to concentration camps named "Peace camps" in which they withheld food aid to starving Christian community's until they converted into Islam. Not only this but woman and children are transferred to the north and sold into slavery as servants, housekeepers and concubines. All of this suffering reverts back to the title "Christians today are not prepared to suffer as Jesus did" My personal opinion is that, in my own experience Christians are not prepared to die for their faith but all of this evidence shows that millions of Christians are still willing to suffer for their faith. Although there is evidence in Marks gospel that even some of Jesus' own disciples would not go through the same suffering he went through as they fled for their lives when Jesus needed those most. There are millions across the world who have shown the same dedication and determination of Jesus to fulfill the will of God even to the point of losing their lives. ?? ?? ?? ?? Paul O'Sullivan ...read more.

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