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The earliest recorded text teaching Christianity has its roots buried deep within Judaism The birth death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the Messiah created a new ideology of worship The Messiah is the savior for all people and of all sins Paul carried the message of the Messiah to the Gentiles His missionary journeys and establishment of churches enabled the spreading of the message throughout the Roman Empire Christianity grew in acceptance those that believed in the Messiah separated and began to worship on their own This marked the beginning of the split of Judaism and Christianity Christianity experienced many pitfalls along the path to fulfillment As in history today we find ourselves learning Christs lessons all over again The earliest Christian worshipers endured many hardships not experienced by society today These differences in science technology and lack of practicing our beliefs have caused a rift between early Christianity and Christianity today Christianity borrows many aspects from Judaism The Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures were used in the early teachings however the Christian believers interpreted the scriptures in a different manner This interpretation leads to a fundamental shift in ideology between Jews and Christians In addition to scripture Christianity adopted many worship rituals practiced within the Jewish synagogue such as prayers baptisms and communion Christianity of today still practices these sacred rituals As the Christian faith began to spread so too did the fear the Romans had as to what was Christianitys underlying goal Imperial persecution became wholesale throughout the Empire Initially the Jewish community was the instigators of this persecution of Christians The book of Acts outlines several incidents involving such persecution During the decade of 60 AD periods of Roman persecution occurred however this persecution was sporadic For example Nero was ruler of the Roman Empire under his reign Rome was set on fire and burnt to the ground Christians became the scapegoat for this cowardly act
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