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Roman persecution of christians

  1. 1. BULLYING IS PERSECUTING! Trials are there to strengthen us & not to weaken us.
  2. 2. WHY WAS CHRISTIANITY ACCEPTABLE AND APPEALING TO MANY?
  3. 3. The Truths of the Christian Faith <ul><li>The Fundamental Worth and Dignity of the Person </li></ul><ul><li>The Spirit of Christian Compassion & Charity </li></ul><ul><li>Respect for the Rights & Properties </li></ul><ul><li>Belief of Everlasting Life </li></ul>
  4. 4. Roman Persecution Of Christians
  5. 5. Empire of Nero (64-67 A.D.) <ul><li>A colossal fire burned portions of the city and economically devastating the Roman Population. </li></ul><ul><li>Nero used the Christians to cover-up his crime . </li></ul><ul><li>He ordered them to be punished. </li></ul>Nero
  6. 6. Domitian Empire (81-96 A.D.) <ul><li>Christians were made subjects of sports , served as human torches and was stoned to death . </li></ul><ul><li>Not only Christians but also Jews were heavily persecuted . </li></ul><ul><li>Some Persecuted are John the Evangelist and Pope Clement I . </li></ul>
  7. 7. Trajan and Harden Empire (112-138 A.D.) <ul><li>Pliny the younger, was sent to the province of Bithynia as governor . He reported about the Christians. He was task for the execution of the Christians. </li></ul><ul><li>Those who repent to Roman Gods are freed . </li></ul>
  8. 8. Marcus Arelius Empire (161 A.D.) <ul><li>Not only Christians were persecuted but those who spread it. </li></ul><ul><li>Christians were martyred at the Ampitheather in Lyon. </li></ul><ul><li>Properties of those accused are confiscated. </li></ul><ul><li>Polycarp,the bishop of Smyrna, was persecuted. Also St. Cecilia and St. Justine. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Septimus Severus Empire (202 A.D.) <ul><li>The Christian Church got stronger and they have made many converts. </li></ul><ul><li>Christian were fed to the lions as offering to the gods for any disaster or famine </li></ul><ul><li>It led to persecution of St. Perpetua, Felicity and Irenaus, the Bishop of Lyon </li></ul><ul><li>Conversion to Christianity was forbidden. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Decius Empire (249-251 A.D.) <ul><li>Christians are a terrible poison. </li></ul><ul><li>Christians must make public homage to the Roman gods. </li></ul><ul><li>Passed a law that requires all citizens to the worship of the state religion </li></ul><ul><li>His goal is to eradicate Christianity </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible for the lives of Pope Fabian, St. Agatha of Sicily and the Bishops of Jerusalem and Antioch. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Valerian Empire ( 257-260 A.D.) <ul><li>All Christians are required sacrifice to their Gods. If not, they would be put to death. </li></ul><ul><li>Christians are forbidden to visit their cemeteries. </li></ul><ul><li>St. Cyprian, St. Lawrence, St. Agnes of Rome and Pope Sixtus. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Diocletian Empire (303 A.D.) <ul><li>Burning of Christian books and churches was initiated but no blood must spill. </li></ul><ul><li>All Christian meetings were banned </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate execution of all priests and deacons </li></ul>
  13. 13. Galerius Reign(308) <ul><li>Tried to bring Christians to Paganism. </li></ul><ul><li>Admitted his defeat afterwards. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Reasons of Christian Persecutions <ul><li>Christians are a threat to Roman power and rule = population </li></ul><ul><li>Christian beliefs are in conflict with Roman beliefs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Separation from the society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Looks at gladiatorial contests as INHUMAN </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural Disasters & Catastrophes = Christians refusal to worship </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Reasons of Christian Persecutions <ul><ul><li>Disloyalty to Rome by not paying temple tax </li></ul></ul>

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