Christians Troubles In The Roman Empire

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Connor RileyMr. LarrabeeComparative Religions19 September 2014Being a Christian in the Roman Empire was not an easy thing. Families where torn apart by the Christian religion. Christians were in a sense of paranoia because they didn't want to be prosecuted. The hardships of being a Christian and a person that dies for what they belief in are shown in the article. And how hard it really was to be Christian in the time of the Roman Empire.Christians refused to worship the roman gods, along with refusing to pay homage to the emperor which resulted in persecution and martyrdom as it shows the article. Christians had to keep the fact that there were Christians secret. In the case of the of catechumens like Revocatus, Felicaitas, Saturninus and Secundulus which are Christian coverts, many of them were often prosecuted and arrested, as they were is the article. Which I think shows that in this point in the Roman Empire saw Christians as people of treason almost against the Roman religion, although some states of Roman Empire were easier on punishment, because it all had to do with what the governor of that state thought when the Christians were brought to trial. When Perpetua was brought to trial she was the only one that said she was a Christian, while all the other catechumens that she was arrested with admitted there guilt, but she was the only to commit that she was Christian. The governor and judge sentenced her to be condemned by the beasts. When under trial everyone but Perpetua was pardoned because they admitted to guilt and renounced their but since Perpetua did not renounce or make sacrifice her infant child to the emperor and the roman gods but she refused even with her father begging her to do it. The Romans did this to discourage the Christians and for people to convert to Christianity. But at the same time I feel as if some Romans saw that Christians had some great power or something, such as in the article when Perpetua was sent back to prison after her trial and the man that was in charge of the prison Pudens let Perpetua see visitors. This shows that some Romans had respect and recognition for Christian religion and maybe realized that the Christian beliefs and ideas weren't as different as they thought.The feeling from the article I got was that most Christians at this time in the Roman Empire were from the lower class, and the majority could have been slaves as were the ones that were arrested in the primary source. It would make sense since the Christian religion was not recognized as a religion the Roman Empire accepted...

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