The History of Christianity #22
Our Scripture passage today is John 15:18 which reads: "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you."
Our quote today is from Justin the Martyr. He said, "We ourselves were well conversant with war, murder and everything evil, but all of us throughout the whole wide earth have traded in our weapons of war. We have exchanged our swords for plowshares, our spears for farm tools…now we cultivate the fear of God, justice, kindness, faith, and the expectation of the future given us through the Crucified One….The more we are persecuted and martyred, the more do others in ever increasing numbers become believers."
Today, we are discussing "First Conflicts with the State" (Part 2) from Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).
Let's continue looking at A New Jewish Sect
A good illustration of this policy was the expulsion of Jews from Rome by Emperor Claudius, around the year 51. Acts 18:2 mentions this expulsion, but does not explain the reason for it. Suetonius, a Roman historian, says that Jews were expelled from the capital city for their disorderly conduct "because of Chrestus." Most historians agree that "Chrestus" is none other then Christus, and that what actually took place in Rome was that Christian proclamation caused so many riots among Jews that the emperor decided to expel the lot. At that time, Romans still saw the conflict between Christians and Jews as an internal matter within Judaism.
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