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When Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity it not only affected him and his religious lifestyle but more importantly his Roman Empire and the Christian religion At the time of his coming of power in 312 AD Christianity was forbidden and followers were often tortured or executed But with the conversion to Christianity by the ruler Constantine the religion became more accepted and soon grew to be the official religion of Rome Another effect of Constantines conversion on the Roman society was the bringing together of church and state while up until this point was kept mostly separate His position as a government ruler and great interest in Christianity brought together the two worlds Emperor Constantines conversion to Christianity had many radical effects on the Roman society and the future of the religion Before Constantine came into power Maxentius ruled Italy During his reign many Romans were slaughtered and Christianity was looked down upon Constantine was planning to go into battle with Maxentius but he sought divine assistance 266 He received a vision where he was told to bear the Saviours name on a cross and be victorious in battle He did this and later defeated Maxentius at The Battle of the Milvian Bridge Soon after becoming ruler he made the gradual conversion to Christianity and abandoned his old pagan practices In the Edict of Milan 313 Constantine officially made the Christian religion legal and thus protecting it In the past Christian followers suffered great persecution and the religion itself was forbidden and shunned But with the conversion of Constantine much of that changed For in the first place the tyrants being themselves alienated from the true God had enforced by every compulsion the worship of false deities Constantine convinced mankind by actions as well as words that these had but an imaginary existence and exhorted them to acknowledge the only true God 275 Constantines conversion greatly improved the status of Christianity by simply making it
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