Persecuted and Hurt: The Early Christian Church Carried On
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An unknown author wrote a letter in the year about one hundred thirty (130) that was given to the Romans. It was describing the early Christians and it said (this is a condensed version). They pass their days on earth but, they are citizens of Heaven. They are dishonored but, in their very dishonor are glorified... They love all men but, are persecuted by all. Christians have been beaten, crucified and killed for preaching their religious beliefs to others around the world since the beginning of time.
Apostle Peter: The First Pope: According to Catholic beliefs Peter the Apostle is considered to be the first ever Pope. He preached the Word of The Lord at all costs, and he is said to have been crucified upside down by his own choice in respect to the Lord. He said he did not deserve to be crucified like his Lord and Savior. His bones are buried beneath St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
Apostle Paul: After the death of Jesus Christ on earth it is Paul who has the most documented information that is used today. Paul is according to the Bilbe was believed to have been beheaded in Rome. His life is documented several different times in the Bible in the New Testament. Paul was a non-believer until, he was blinded, he accepted Christ and his name was changed from Paul to Saul.
Apostle Stephen: He was tried for blasphemy but, he still would not stop teaching about Jesus. He was stoned to death by anti-Christians and an angry mob.
Apostle Mark: This saint had a rope tied around his neck and then he was drug through the streets until he died according to Christian Tradition.
Apostle James: Apostle James The Great was beheaded in 44 A.D.
Apostle Phillip: This Apostle was crucified for teaching his beliefs in the Lord.
Apostle Matthew: He was a dedicated saint and even in prison he would preach about the Lord. He was killed with a halberd (battle axe and spear combination) in 60 A.D.
Apostle James: Also known as, James The Just. He was beaten with a wooden club after being crucified while the locals threw stones at him.
Apostle Luke: This Apostle was hanged for his religious beliefs.
Apostle Thomas was killed by a spear in 82 A.D.
Apostle Bartholomew: He was filleted alive and then he was crucified.
It is estimated that Christian persecution lasted around one hundred grueling years. Roman ruler Nero started persecuting the Church as it were in 64 AD. Many people have literally gave their lives for God at that time and many others serve him everyday.
The Christians were given clemency if they were to get the agreed to worship pagan gods and denounce their god they were allowed to live.
The Cross: This is a symbol known to Christians and I dare say even non-Christians. The Cross can be as large as a Cross on the side of the interstate or it can be a charm on a bracelet or a Cross is worn as a necklace. There are all different shapes, styles and sizes.
Punishments For Practicing Christianity: The punishment for being a Christian could be anywhere from beatings, imprisonment, death, being spied on, to forced labor and of course being stripped of possessions including clothing and home. In addition to these punishments, Christians were stoned by their peers, burned in the fire, beheaded and crucified.
Final Thoughts: We take for granted that we can wear a crucifix here in The USA but, we forget that many people have been killed over the wearing of this religious symbol. Some people wear a cross like it's no big deal and but, they do not have the same perspective that I do for my cross. In some areas it was against the law to be a Christian and even in safe times the rulers of Rome were known to ridicule and humiliate them in public. It's something how Christians, Muslims and Jews have all suffered persecution from the start and even today all three of those religions suffer dire straits in certain areas and still are being persecuted today.
The Fish Symbol in Christianity
The fish was used by early Christians, as a secret symbol. This symbol is how the Christians knew to meet for church without being persecuted. The fish symbol marked tombs, meeting places and used to distinguish enemies from the faith.
Early Christians had to hold their church services in caves and in attics but, always in hiding to keep from being killed for their beliefs. Even in countries where it was not against the law to be a Christian, they were still picked on and persecuted.
Several of the Apostles were fisherman. Jesus commissioned the twelve Apostles to become fishers of men.
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