Rome and Christanity Essay

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Christopher Claxton Professor Fanning-Black World History 101 20, July 2012 Rome and Christianity As the Roman Empire expanded the people’s desire to explore different religions grew. Christianity was among the religions explored. The organization of the Roman Empire helped spread Christianity. This essay will explore how Christianity was spread throughout Rome, why this faith grew and the effects on Rome itself. Christianity, which emerged from a Jewish background, differed from the Roman’s original polytheistic (multiple gods) religion. Their polytheistic belief was a very tolerant one of religions as long it did not disrupt public order and morals. Their curiosity of different gods and the religions of other cultures increased. This and the vast expansion of the Roman Empire helped them come in contact with the Jewish people (148). “Roman involvement with the Jews began in 63 BCE, and by 6 CE Judea (which embraced the old Jewish kingdom of Judea) had been made a province and placed under the direction of a Roman procurator.” (149) A Palestinian Jew named Jesus grew up in Galilee. He was an important center for the militant Zealots. The message Jesus set forth was simple. He did not want to get rid of the traditional Jewish religion. His focus was not on following the strict religious laws, but in fact “transforming your inter-person” (148). To Jesus, it did not matter if you ate hoofed animals or not, He wanted you yourself to be a good person. “So in everything, do to other what you would have them do unto you, for this sum up the laws of the prophets.” (New American Standard Bible, Luke 6:31). God only had two simple commands; to love God and to love others. “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with your entire mind and all of your soul and with all of your strength. The second is this: love your neighbor as yourself.”(New American

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