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The Growing Effects of Persecution Throughout the ages of Christianity there have been many drawbacks to this cause Many leaders among the Christian community were persecuted due to the disbelief of Christ being the Messiah among pagan worshipers heathens and even other credible religious leaders This persecution more often led to death or other horrifying results But no matter what horrendous effects there was always a brighter side causing the Christian faith to grow even stronger Because of Romes strictness in following the laws and rules they were very tradition bound Many of the Pharisees were determined that the Old Testament was the only acceptable basis of religious law that the people of Rome should follow The believed that Elijah was the Messiah and they were waiting for his return They also didnt expect a Messiah to act the way that Christ did having anything to do with sinners was looked down upon However after Christs death and resurrection the disciples were told to go out into the world and spread the good news of their salvation This didnt appeal to the Pharisees at all and they immediately set out to stop this message of freedom The religious officials continuously put Simon and Peter in jail Stephen was stoned to death and there have been accounts of Johns attempted murder in boiling hot oil Many Christians were flogged stoned to death skinned alive fed to lions and many more gruesome things Nero burne d half of Rome and then blamed the Christians he even dipped some in kerosene and then lit them on fire so that there was light for the sporting events Peter was even crucified but he didnt feel he deserved to die the same way as Christ so he was crucified upside-down Persecution was so bad that Christians were accused of having a hatred for the human race cannibalism and incest The response of the Christians has a lot to
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