Christianity in the Roman Empire

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Christianity in the Roman Empire The rise of Christianity throughout the Roman Empire is one of the main contributing factors to its destruction circa 500 C.E. The teachings and morals portrayed in the letters of Paul of Tarsus (135-136) contradicted the Roman culture by preaching to follow the laws set forth by Christ rather than those set forth by the Roman Senate (136). The difference in belief caused tension between the Roman government and its citizens as more and more converted to Christianity and rebelled against Roman persecution. Paul of Tarsus was a very influential character in the story of Christianity. Thirteen letters are attributed to him in the writings that came to comprise the New Testament (134). In these letters, Paul teaches that the only laws that one should follow were the laws set forth by Jesus Christ. This directly went against the laws set forth by the Roman Republic and threatened their power. Paul was a Roman citizen and a Jew that, at first, persecuted Jesus’s followers for distorting the Jewish faith (134). He then began to spread the word of Christianity denouncing the common law of Rome. At the time, this would been an enormous nuisance for the Senate that governed the Roman Empire. If the citizens of the Empire were to open denounce the Roman law, then the Senate’s power would be useless. Thus, much time and resources were spent to control and maintain the empire: it had become too large. The rise of Christianity would have been a festering wound to the Senate that just wouldn’t go away but that they couldn’t ignore. To conclude, the rise of Christianity contributed the destruction of the Roman Empire by undermining the Roman Senate. Jesus of Nazareth and his follower’s beliefs contradicted the common Roman law and caused a rift in the Empire. Although by no stretch was this the sole cause of the declination of
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