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Christianity is defined as A major religion stemming from the life teachings and death of Jesus of Nazareth the Christ or the Anointed One of God in the 1st century AD Shelton It has become the largest of the worlds religions Yet in Ancient Rome in the first century AD they were not welcome Christians were burned and tortured and persecuted for just over three hundred years because of their beliefs Why We may never fully know but I believe it was mostly out of fear Fear of the new and fear of change Christianity derived from Judaism More specifically it derived from Jesus Christ who was Jewish in the first century AD Judaism was a racially exclusive religion whose members did not attempt to make converts among non-Jews Shelton This is one of the reasons that Jews went so long without being persecuted Even Augustus was considerate toward there religious beliefs and did not deny any Jew of Roman citizenship He also would move the monthly grain doles to another day if they happened to fall on a Jewish Sabbath but this peace did not last for long The Jews blatant refusal to worship any God but there own began to anger the emperor Tiberius so he therefore sent out a decree of persecution Shelton Many Jews were forced to burn their religious vestments and were sent to provinces with harsh climates Others were forced into life-long slavery During this time the Christians began to break away from the Jews The Christians believed in spreading their sacred mis sion to the entire world and believed in accepting any person who wanted to convert to Christianity This went directly against Judaic belief therefore they split into two religions Starr Early persecutions were sporadic caused by local conditions and depending on the attitude of the governor The fundamental cause of persecution was that the Christians conscientiously rejected the gods whose favor was believed to have brought
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