Religionof the World
Religionof the World
Thesmall, hated religious group known as Christianity became the mostdominant religion in Europe as well as the Western world. After beinglabeled the Roman Empire’s religion, Christianity befitted thelargest as well as most critical practice across the globe. Thoughscholars continuously debate how and why it happened, it is apparentthis was one of the most crucial transformations in history. Religionin the antique Rome involved the activities and beliefs the Romansregarded as theirs. It also included the many cults that wereimported to Rome and practiced under the Roman rule.
Earlyinvestigations of Christianity conducted by the Romans stated that itwas an irreligious, atheistic sub-sect of Judaism, disobedient andnovel. According to them, this practice denied all types of religionand hence was regarded superstitions. Therefore, the Romanspersecuted Christianity since they thought the group posed asignificant danger to their cities and entire Roman state bydeclining to offer sacrifices to their gods. In addition to that,they felt Christians were traitors because they did not worship theiremperor. The Christians also met in secret heightening the dislike ofRomans. Apart from that, rumors of strange Christian behavior werespread across the empire [ CITATION Cle11 l 1033 ].
However,the incorporation of Christianity into the Roman Empire changed itfrom a persecuted cult to triumphant state religion. This is becausemany people found it appealing. To some individuals, Christianitygave them hope in the bleak and violent period. For instance,Christian charity attracted people to embrace the religion. It wasalso appealing to the poor as well as women, and via the spectacle ofmartyrdom, it was spread across the empire. Certainly, the Christianmessage of equality, charity, and faith before God attracted thehomeless in Roman society. Some regarded it as a religion of thewomen, children, and slaves. Christianity gave this minority groupspower to exercise their rights which were not normal in the Romansociety. Due to this, when Christianity was finally incorporated intothe Roman Empire, it felt like a victory to the marginalized groups[ CITATION Cle11 l 1033 ].
Duringpersecutions, the Christians caused spectacles by not worshipping thegods in public trials. As a matter of fact, they utilized theseevents to spread the Christian doctrines. The act of facing deathsfearlessly appealed to the populace, who comprehended the power offaith. The vivid displays of arrest, incarceration, and subsequentkillings made the Christians martyrs. Some of the Christians wereknown to be caring and helpful in the society and killing them onlymade the rest stronger. Therefore, once Christianity was incorporatedinto the Roman Empire, many felt it was a victory. The persecutionsof early propagators of Christianity were not in vain [ CITATION Cle11 l 1033 ].
AfterChristianity was approved in the Roman Realm, they freely constructedchurches across the region and were allowed to spread the messagewithout much hindrance. The Christians were also promoted to highoffices within the government. Also, they were given special rightslike tax exemptions to their clergies. These were significant signsof triumph after years of sufferings. In the process of upholdingChristianity, pagan temples were closed. Laws restricting celebrationof pagan rites were also instituted. Even after the fall of the RomanEmpire, Christianity still thrived, becoming a core element of theEuropean culture. Therefore, the incorporation or rather introductionof Christianity into the Roman Empire was a successful undertakingthat became evident even after the collapse of the realm.Christianity became one of the most vital transformations in history[ CITATION Cle11 l 1033 ].
Cleve, R. L. (2011). The Triumph of Christianity: Religion as an Instrument of Control. Retrieved from http://www.csun.edu/~rlc31920/documents/History%20303/The_Triumph_of_Christianity.pdf