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May 20, 2020 at 2:35 pm #14336AnonymousInactive
One country in which Christians have faced persecution in that past five years is Iran. One similarity between the persecution there and in the early church is that there is one religion in which the government is trying to force onto the citizens. In the early church it was the worship of the Roman gods and of Caesar and anyone who did not comply with the Roman beliefs was thought of as being disobedient and as a result were often executed. In Iran it is the religion of Islam in which citizens are forced to worship Allah and to follow the Sharia Law that has been put in place by the government. The persecution that started under Diocetian did not start with the execution of Christians but with removing them from government jobs. In a similar way the known Christians in Iran often lose their jobs and have difficulty finding new ones. In both cases the Christian church meets in secret in order to hide from the authorities. The early church was constantly expanding despite the persecution. The same is true for the church in Iran, as it is one of the fastest growing churches in the world right now.
It would appear that one difference between the churches is the way that Christians were found out and put on trial. Throughout the first three centuries the edict that Trajan put in place was followed. It says that Christians were not to be sought out but that if they were brought before the government and refused to worship the gods then they were executed. On the other hand, it would seem that the authorities in Iran are more active in seeking out Christians, which shows that they view it as a higher offence to not follow Islam, especially if they are converts from Islam to Christianity. From what I have learned about the early church so far it would seem that the Romans did not imprison Christians for long periods of time. They either lived or died. This is not the case in Iran, where many are still executed but there are also a lot of Christians who are sentenced to prison.May 21, 2020 at 11:30 am #14349AnonymousInactive
It is interesting how some “religious” leaders such as the leaders of Islam see Christianity as more of a threat towards their religion than others did, like Trajan. Are some of their laws upheld more than others since some Christians are arrested and others simply lose their jobs? I wonder what kind of accusations are brought when a Christian is arrested and why some Christians are bad enough to be executed, but others are simply imprisoned. Are some “sins” against Islam worse than others?
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