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In the year 324 CE Constantine became the ruler of the entire Roman Empire For the first time a Christian emperor had ascended the throne although there is some dispute about the depth of his faith Some see him as a statesman who exploited Christianity for political purposes while others maintain that the emperor believed wholeheartedly that the Christian God had chosen him and that Jesus was his protector and guardian and the cause of his victories in battle Although proclaiming tolerance for the old religions Constantine asserted that ritual purity and sanctity were conditional on obedience to Gods sacred laws that is within the church Constantine uncovered the site of the crucifixion burial and resurrection of Jesus in Jerusalem and built on it the Church of the Holy Sepulcher As a result of his policy combining legislation and impressive building projects Jerusalem was transformed from a pagan town into a flourishing Christian city and became a powerful magnet for pilgrims from the whole Roman Empire Constantine died at Nicomedia on May 22 337 It is believed that he was baptized a Christian on his deathbed The book Eusebius of Caesareas was sort of an autobiography of the way of Constantine It spoke of the divine authority of a monarch meaning that the leaders words in turn his words came directly from God God was the supreme authority and his word was to be spread throughout the land through himself Eusebius stated that the status of the emperor was that of a Universal sovereign monarch with authority from the co-ruler God Eusebius duty to God was to ensure the laws of the land were installed into the Holy Roman Empire and to ensure that the joyous word of Gods benefits binds the race of mankind to the Ruler of All Bringing the news that God is gracious and loving to his sons on earth His duty to his subjects was to ensure
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