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Explain why the Early Christians were Persecuted

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Christians and Persecution Explain why the Early Christians were Persecuted Most of the time, Christians were tolerated because they were a small group, a minority. They were viewed as anti-social by most of the Roman people. They were also viewed as strange because Romans thought that they actually drank blood and ate the flesh of Jesus. So Romans might of thought that Christians were cannibals. Romans believed in order to live well and win war that they had to sacrifice regularly to the Roman Gods. As this was so important to the Romans in was made state religion and it was their patriotic duty to worship the Roman Gods. They kept the Gods on their side so that they would be good to them. They made sacrifices of animals and offerings of wine and food. The Romans believed in many Gods: Jupiter, Mars, Juno, Vesta, Lares and Penates. Lares was a household God and was the God of the family's ancestors who protected the entire household. Every house had a shrine, called an Iararium, which stood in the atrium. It was like a small cupboard and statues of the Lares were kept in it. Penates were another household Gods who protected the larder or storehouse. It was important to worship them so that the family always had enough to eat. When the Romans ate the main meal each day the head of the house would pray to Vesta who was the goddess of the flame of the hearth. He would throw some food in the flames as an offering. It was a good sign if the flames crackled. This shows how important the Romans valued worship to the Gods because they preformed many each day. However the Christians did not perform any worship to the household Gods because they believed in only one God and worshipped Him in three persons; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit - this is known as the Trinity. ...read more.

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Show how the Example of Jesus might help Christians facing Persecution today Persecution is when others injury people with different points of view or belief to them to stop the movement from spreading. Jesus is portrayed as a man who was brutally treated and faced rejection by his own people. He blessed when others cursed him. He suffered opposition to his teaching and death for remaining faithful to the ministry given to him by God. The outcome of the life and teaching of Jesus was as miserable on the face of things as that of the early Christian's community and Christians today. The Gospel showed that Jesus conquered evil, sin and death itself by resurrection. He endured persecution. This would help people suffering persecution today because it would give them comfort and strength that what they are going through was also endured by the Son of God. In chapter 13 Mark wrote for people who were being persecuted and who were suffering. This would give them encouragement because Jesus describes the persecutions that his followers will face (Mark 13:5-13) and concludes, "You will be hated by all men on account of my name." Again this supports the fact that God knew that people would be persecuted for their belief showing that it was not their punishment and would be a relief that other people are going through the same thing as them. Some Christians may feel that on some days it is the end of the world. "The trouble of those days will be far worse than any the world has ever known from the very beginning...until the present time." This would give encouragement for persecuted people not to give up because soon they would be rewarded in heaven. In Jesus' time people expected the Messiah to be a warrior king, a holy man who kept all the laws of the Torah and who would judge sinners. ...read more.

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However other people disagree with this. This is because if you do not help anyone then no one will help you. In the next quotation it shows that in order for people to stand up for you must stand up for others. "When they came for the Jews, I did not stand up. When they came for the Christians, I did not stand up...When they came for me there was no one to stand up for me." As Jesus helped the poor and those who were judged then Christians today should help others to follow Jesus' example. In Mark's Gospel in 'The Greatest Commandment of All' one of the scribes asked Jesus, "Which is the first of all commandments?" Jesus replied, "Love God...You must love your neighbour as yourself." So this means that if you want someone to help you, you would have to help him or her. For example if you see someone on the street in need for some money you should give it to him or her. This is because if you were in their predicament then you would want them to give you money. I disagree with "The best life is a quiet life." This is because when Martin Luther King Jr. was campaigning in the 1960s for equal rights for Afro-Americans in the USA he received a phone call. The person said that Martin should leave town in three days otherwise he will die. King prayed aloud to himself and he said, "It seemed at that moment that I could hear an inner voice saying to me, 'Martin Luther, stand up for righteousness. Stand up for justice. Stand up for the truth. And lo I will be with you, even until the end of the world." This shows how one man can make a difference in the world. If it was not for Martin Luther King Jr. then he would not have given hope to all black people. So therefore I agree that people should stand up for themselves and other because then they would also give strength to many more others. ...read more.

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