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The document The Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicity shows just how mighty and fearless the faith of the martyrs were in Rome around 203 AD in which our story takes place During the rule of Diocletian Christianity was not the religion of popular belief Many of Romans practiced polytheism As a result numerous Christian believers were persecuted for their divine faith in God Surprisingly the Christian martyrs did not care that they were sentenced to death They believed that by dying for what they believe it would only bring them closer to God and the Gates of Heaven The document states For this cause have we devoted our lives that we might do no such thing as this this we agreed with you para 18 To the martyrs nothing was more important than fulfilling Gods duties The martyrs in the document take on the role of mediator between God and man spreading the Word of God to the masses of people and the relaying to them his holy message in a sense taking on the role of Jesus Christ the Son of God Perpetua one of the martyrs when confronted about her faith by her father retorts I am Christian para6 Another martyr Felicity confidently defends her faith and proclaims it openly by stating Stand fast in the faith and love you all one another and be not offended because of our passion para20 This statement portrays to the reader the martyrs general attitude towards their faith and how they embraced the lifestyle of Christ and his teachings with no fear for death The way these martyrs died is a crucial element in the rise of Christianity When Christian martyrs were sentenced to death they were not executed in a private manner but rather were tormented and killed publicly allowing all the citizens of Rome to witness the account The official of the Roman government hoped that by making the martyrs
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