• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Marks Gospel

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Edexel Religious Studies Specification A Coursework 1 Marks Gospel. Unit P In this section of my coursework I am going to describe the persecution of Christians by the roman emperor Nero. Nero was emperor at the time 64AD and was rumoured to have started a fire to burn down the city of Rome and rebuild it. However when people started to rumour that it was Nero. He blamed it on the Christians. He decided to blame the Christians because they were easy to blame as they did not know much about the Christians and people often fear and hate people they do not know much about. Also the Romans didn't understand why Christians drank wine and ate bread in rituals. Another reason is that Christians were rumoured to be cannibals and ate babies! Nero killed and tortured Christians in many horrible ways. Tacitus said, "Mockery of every sort was added to their death" this suggests to me that Christians were killed uncivilised such as pouring tar and pitch over them and using them as "living torches" to light his chariot races. ...read more.

Middle

And earlier in my coursework I concluded that mark was writing for non- -Jews. Also another reason is that John the elder said "Mark having become the interpreter of Peter" as mark obviously stayed and wrote what peter said, and there is evidence that Peter preached and was crucified in Rome. This suggests Mark was in Rome and probably wrote his gospel there. In this section of my coursework I am going to explain how the example of Jesus might help Christians facing persecution today. I think the example of Jesus might help Christians facing persecution today because its crucial we do see Jesus suffer as a human being. There are many examples and indications in the gospel, which suggests Jesus, did suffer. For example in Mark 15 verse 19, it says, "Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spat on him" which suggests not only did Jesus suffer, he suffered considerably. ...read more.

Conclusion

Firstly I disagree with some parts of this statement but agree with other parts. I believe that some people will defiantly give there lives or suffer as Jesus did. Some examples of people that have suffered for what they believe are firstly Martin Luther King; he spoke for what he believed in ad was assassinated for it. Another example is Maximilian Kolbe, a polish priest who switched places with a condemned Jew and was starved and prosecuted by the Nazis. Another example was archbishop Romero who was gunned down during a prayer meeting for his believes. Looking at these people they were obviously willing to suffer for there believe and maybe suffer as Jesus did. I think we are expected to suffer but not to the extent as Jesus did. However some people may disagree with my view as in marks gospel it says and I quote " Take up your cross and follow me" this suggests Jesus did want us to do whatever it took to do as he did even if it meant death. Ryan Burns Candidate Number: 1021 Page 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Christmas section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Christmas essays

  1. Christians and Persecution.

    Christians are prepared to suffer like Jesus did. Jesus suffered a lot, suffering from a painful death, many beatings and verbal abused. In Ch15 V23, Jesus was offered a drug called myrrh mixed with wine so he would have quick and painless death. But instead he was prepared to suffer.

  2. Religious Education- Lent Coursework

    For example, if a Catholic looses their faith and stands by while watching bullying, and then they after realise they were wrong, could show remorse for this sin by helping with Samaritan work- like Jesus, who was a Good Samaritan.

  1. Jesus and Martin Luther King

    This reminded Christians of Jesus as 'the light of the world.' On the other hand, nowadays more modern ways of counting down to Christmas have been used, like calendars which are small little pockets filled with a chocolate which would be opened once a day from the 1st to the 25th of December.

  2. Christians and Persecution

    Jesus was testing there faith because even though he seem asleep he was still protecting and helping them though the storm. This story is telling Christians no to lose faith because even though it may seem as if god has deserted them he is still there to protect and help through their suffering and he is never ignoring them.

  1. Persecution is the act of harassing people on the basis of race, religion, gender, ...

    When it got dark they were also used a s night time lamps. They were also used in a circus game that took place in Nero's garden. St. Peter and St. Paul were executed some time during Nero's reign. Peter is believed to have been crucified upside down as he

  2. The nature of discipleship in Mark's Gospel.

    Peter could not understand that this was what Jesus mission was and God had sent him to do this. He looked for rewards all the time for example in the parable of The Rich Young Man Jesus tells the young man to sell everything he has to go into the

  1. Four Gospels.

    When he cam back found them sleeping, ask them again * Jesus went back when he came back found them slepping again * Jesus went back to Pray again * Came back to find disciples sleeping * Jesus ask them to get up for his betrayer is at hand *

  2. Christians and persecution

    Many Christians today go to church but make no effort to help other people, be it a neighbour, a homeless person or giving to charity. If Christians made more of an effort to help others in a useful way, as Jesus did, people may not be prejudiced against Christians.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work