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Describe the persecution of Christians in Rome by Nero

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Ryszard Jenvey 30th March 2002 Christians and Persecution A) Describe the persecution of Christians in Rome by Nero Nero was the roman emperor from 37-68 AD, and was notorious for his viciousness and cruelty. It was never quite clear why Christians were hated so much by the Romans, but they were sometimes confused with Jews, who were accused of being rebellious and lazy, since they rested on the Sabbath. Also they were detested by the roman government since they refused to pay homage and accept the divine status of the emperor, which most 'normal people' considered as nothing more special than a flag salute. The Christians were persecuted from the time of Jesus' death, and so the source of many of the Christian persecutions was blaming them for things that needed blame. In 64AD Rome underwent a catastrophic fire, which devastated the city. Some believe that Nero himself ordered the fire, but in any case he easily blamed the Christians. However, rumors still spread that Nero had caused the fire, so he falsely accused a group of Christians, and had them executed publicly and with terrible ceremonies. ...read more.

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Also, most of Marks gospel refers to suffering, and teachings on persecution. There are teachings throughout the gospel on suffering and most of the gospel is about persecution from chapter eight onwards. There is also much focus on the cost of discipleship. C) Explain how the example of Jesus might help Christians facing persecution today Jesus was persecuted to the fullest. He was taunted, tortured, and eventually killed. He payed the ultimate price, his own life, for what he believed in, and it is believed that all Christians should be prepared to do the same. Also, Jesus said that he would go to his father in heaven when all is done. Eternal life is the gift from God that is rewarded to the faithful on earth when they die. It is the reward for suffering for the faith. Many people, even Christians, would initially ignore the life and suffering of Jesus to a cerrtain degree, thinking that Jesus was Son of God and so somehow the suffering did not affect him as much. ...read more.

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Jesus had to stand by his faith through everything. He was persecuted, mocked, beaten and suffered much torment. He even paid the ultimate price, his death, through a torturous crucifixion, and he stood by his faith in the lord all along. It is understandable that no one would want to go through this since no one wants suffering, and ultimately most people do not have enough loyalty to their faith, and courage. This does not mean people are betraying their faith to weakness, since even Jesus himself prayed to God that his suffering be taken away since he did not want to go through the pain and torture that lay ahead of him. This shows that even Jesus himself did not willingly want to go through the suffering that lay ahead of him. I personally feel that many people are prepared to suffer as Jesus did, but also many are not. There have been many whom have given their lives, or have suffered for their faiths. I feel that most Christians are prepared to suffer, but not as Jesus did, to the death. ...read more.

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