Christians in ROME Falsely Labeled and Accused: A Parallel to what We Christians face in AMERICA under MARTIAL LAW and even NOW-
By Pamela Schuffert presenting investigative journalism from a Biblical perspective-
Christians in AMERICA are being falsely accused and mislabeled NOW by Homeland Security and other various groups across this nation, much as Christians in the Early Church were as well. IN the future this will only increase. READ to understand their persecutions in the Early Church.
From CATACOMBS OF ROME website-
The Christian religion developed rapidly in Rome and all over the world since the 1st century, owing to its being original and suitable for all mankind; but this was also due to the testimony of fervour, of brotherly love and of charity shown by the Christians towards everybody.
The Roman authorities were at first indifferent to the new religion, yet very soon, incited also by the people showed themselves hostile to it, because the Christians refused to worship the ancient pagan deities of Rome, as well as the emperor.
The Christians were accused of disloyalty to their fatherland, of atheism, of hatred towards mankind, of hidden crimes, such as incest, infanticide and ritual cannibalism; likewise they were held responsible for all natural calamities, such as plagues, floods, famines, etc.
[Remember the HATE CRIME BILL about to be passed in the SENATE? It will be used against CHRISTIANS primarily.-Pamela]
The Christian religion was proclaimed "strana et illicita - strange and unlawful" (Senatorial decree of the year 35); "exitialis - deadly"(Tacitus); "prava et immodica - wicked and unbridled" (Plinius); "nova et malefica - new and harmful" (Svetonius); "tenebrosa et lucifuga - mysterious and opposed to light" (from "Octavius" by Minucius); "detestabilis- hateful" (Tacitus); therefore it was outlawed and persecuted, because it was considered the most dangerous enemy of the power of Rome, which was based upon the ancient national religion and on the emperor's worship.
(And WHAT is HOMELAND SECURITY and the Justice Department and the ADL accusing Christians of in this hour?-Pamela)
The first three centuries constitute the age of Martyrs, which ended in 313 with the edict of Milan, by which the emperors Constantine and Licinius gave freedom to the Church. The persecution was not always continuous and universal, nor equally cruel and bloody. Periods of persecution were followed by periods of relative peace.Christians faced persecution with courage, a very large percentage with heroism, but they did not submit to it without opposition.
They defended themselves with great strength by confuting the accusations of those crimes as being false and groundless and by producing the contents of their faith ( What we believe) and describing their identity (What we are).
In the "Apologies" ("defences"), prepared by the Christian writers of the time, and often addressed to the emperors, the Christians protested vigorously against their being condemned unjustly, without being known and without being convicted.
According to the Apologies, the principle of the senatorial law "Non licet vos esse- you have no right to exist" is unjustifiable and unlawful, because Christians are honest citizens, respectful of laws, loyal to the emperor, hard-working and exemplary both in their private and public life.In the catacombs we can check the evidence of the wonderful life of Christians, as it is described by the Apologists. We have included below some passages of their defence.
Roman historian Cornelius Tacitus recorded information pertaining to Jesus, thus removing the only supporting source for His existence as being in the New Testament. In 115 A.D., Tactius wrote about the great fire in Rome;
"Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberious at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their center and become popular. "
"Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind. Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths, Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight had expired. Nero offered his gardens for the spectacle, and was exhibiting a show in the circus, while he mingled with the people in the dress of charioteer or stood aloft on a car. Hence, even for criminals who deserved extreme and exemplary punishment, there arose a feeling of compassion; for it was not, as it seemed, for the public good, but to glut one man's cruelty, that they were being destroyed."
IMPORTANT NOTE-Christians were falsely accused of setting fire to ROME under NERO. And today we see a parallel of what the US government NWO agenda planners will do to falsely accuse CHRISTIANS, homeschoolers, pro-lifers, witnesses and pastors and missionaries, etc, of under the HATE CRIME BILL and other forms of coming persecution.
In the future Christians WILL be falsely accused in America, often using false flag operations to falsely blame us, and then arrested, treated terribly and in many cases KILLED.
For MORE important information go to the website: http://bibleprobe.com/catacombs.htm