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The History of Christianity #29
Our Scripture verse today is Acts 8:4 which reads: "Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word."
Our quote today is from Theophilus of Antioch. He said: "Say to those that hate and curse you, You are our brothers!"
Today, we are examining "Persecution in the Second Century" (Part 5) from Dr. Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).
Today's subject is Toward the End of the Second Century
Marcus Aurelius died in 180 and was succeeded by Commodus, who had begun to rule jointly with him eight years earlier. Although Commodus did not issue any edicts against persecution, the storm abated during his reign, and the number of martyrs was relatively low. After the death of Commodus, there was a period of civil war, and Christians were once again ignored in favor of more pressing matters. Finally, in 193, Septimius Severus became master of the empire. At first, Christians were able to live in peace under his reign. But eventually he too added his name to the growing list of those who had persecuted the church. However, since this was early in the third century, we shall return to it at another point in our narrative.
In summary, during the entire second century Christians were in a precarious position. They were not constantly persecuted. Sometimes they were persecuted in some areas of the empire, and not in others. Since the general policy of the empire was that outlined by Trajan -- Christians were not to be sought, but, if brought before the authorities, they must be forced to recant or be punished - the good will of their neighbors was very important...
The History of Christianity #25
Although the Roman Empire began persecuting Christians from the time of Nero, throughout the first century the details of such persecutions are scarce. By the second century, however, records begin to afford a clearer view of the issues involved in the persecutions, and of the attitudes of Christians toward martyrdom. Of these, the most dramatic are the Acts of the Martyrs, which retell the arrest, trial, and execution of various martyrs. Some of these include so many trustworthy details about the trials that they seem to have been taken, in part at least, from official court records. Sometimes we are told that the writer was present at the trial and death of the martyr, and historians are inclined to believe that it was indeed so. On the other hand, a number of these supposed Acts of the Martyrs clearly were penned at a much later date, and deserve little credit. But, in any case, the genuine "acts" are among the most precious and inspiring documents of early Christianity. Secondly, we learn of the attitude of Christians toward martyrdom through other Christian writings. Of these, the most valuable is probably the set of seven letters that the aged Bishop Ignatius of Antioch wrote on his way to martyrdom. Finally, the second century offers further glimpses into the attitude of Roman authorities vis-a-vis the new faith. In this context, the correspondence between Pliny and Trajan is most illuminating.
The History of Christianity #28
Our Scripture passage today is Matthew 5:12 which reads: "Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."
Our quote today is from Tertullian. He said: "Only without the sword can the Christian wage war: the Lord has abolished the sword."
Today, we are discussing "Persecution in the Second Century" (Part 4) from Dr. Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).
Today's subject is Persecution Under Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius, who became emperor in 161 AD, possessed one of the most enlightened minds of his age. He was not, like Nero and perhaps Domitian, enamored with power and vainglory. On the contrary, he was a refined man who left behind a collection of Meditations, written for his private use, which are literary masterpieces of the time. He expresses some of the ideals with which he tried to rule his vast empire:
Think constantly, both as a Roman and as a man, to do the task before you with perfect and simple dignity, and with kindness, freedom, and justice. Try to forget everything else. And you will be able to do so if you undertake every action in your life as if it were the last, leaving aside all negligence and the opposition of passion to the dictates of reason, and leaving aside also all hypocrisy, egotism, and rebelliousness against your own lot.
Under such an emperor, it could be expected that Christians would enjoy a period of relative peace. And yet, the same emperor who expressed such lofty ideals regarding government also ordered that Christians be persecuted....
The History of Christianity #26
Our Scripture passage today is Acts 14:22 which reads: "Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God."
Our quote today is from Clement of Alexandria. He said: "Above all Christians are not allowed to correct by violence sinful wrongdoings."
Today, we are discussing "Persecution in the Second Century" (Part 2) from Dr. Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).
Today we are discussing Ignatius of Antioch, the Bearer of God
About the year 107 AD, the elderly bishop of Antioch, Ignatius, was condemned to death by the imperial authorities. Since great festivities were being planned in Rome in celebration of a military victory, Ignatius was sent to the capital so that his death might provide entertainment for the people. On his way to martyrdom, he wrote seven letters that are among the most valuable documents informing our knowledge of early Christianity.
Ignatius was probably born around 30 or 35 AD, and was well over seventy when his life ended in martyrdom. In his letters, he repeatedly calls himself "the bearer of God," as if this were a title by which he was known - and this is an indication of the high respect in which he was held among Christians. Much later, by making a slight change in the Greek text of his letters, people began speaking of Ignatius as "he who was borne by God," and thus arose the legend that he was the little child whom Jesus picked up and placed in the midst of his disciples. In any case, by the beginning of the second century Ignatius had great prestige in the entire Christian community, because he was bishop (the second after the apostles) of one of the most ancient churches, that of Antioch.
The History of Christianity #27
Our Scripture passage today is 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 which reads: "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."
Our quote today is from St. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage. He said: "None of us offers resistance when he is seized, or avenges himself for your unjust violence, although our people are numerous and plentiful…it is not lawful for us to hate, and so we please God more when we render no requital for injury…we repay your hatred with kindness."
Today, we are discussing "Persecution in the Second Century" (Part 3) from Dr. Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).
Today's subject is The Martyrdom of Polycarp
Although very little is known of Ignatius's martyrdom, there is much more information regarding that of his younger friend, Polycarp, when his time came almost half a century later. It was the year 155, and the policy that Trajan had outlined for Pliny was still in effect. Christians were not sought out; but, if they were accused and they refused to worship the gods, they had to be punished.
We know of events in Smyrna through the work of a writer who claims to have witnessed them. It all began when a group of Christians was brought before the authorities, and they refused to worship the gods. Under the cruelest of tortures they remained firm, we are told, because "resting in Christ they scorned the pains of the world." When Germanicus, an elderly Christian, was brought to trial, he was told that he should take into account his old age and recant, rather than submit to torture and death.
Welcome to another episode of Brain Injury Round Table. I am your host, Constance Miller, brain injury survivor of more than 30 years and Managing Director of Brain Injury Resource Center, located on the Internet at http://www.headinjury.com. At the suggestion of Mr. Tai Campbell, of Taken Back Our Communities Now, http://www.tbocn.org, tonight’s show will look into the development of heightened feeling states following brain injury. Some such heightened feelings take the form of disturbances in the autonomic nervous system. The resulting condition is known as “hyper-arousal” and describes the effect of injury on things such as heart rate and respiration. Another aspect of heightened feeling states is sometimes seen as psychic or extra sensory abilities and in many instances is seen as a gift. Others in this category might feel undone by the sudden onset of such strange reveries and might find themselves pre-occupied by feelings of uncertainty and anxiety.
It is seldom addressed by members of the profession called upon to make us whole, to take us from the point of being "patients" to being people again. Therefore, tonight we’re going to take matters into our own hands. We’ll kick it around, swap stories and delve into another of those taboo topics associated with brain injury.
Join us for another exciting and informative episode of Disability Roundtable. thanks to all our listeners for bringing our voices, to your home, your mobile device wherever you are all around the world. Additionally, I’d like to give a big thank you to this show’s sponsors: Martha Marcum, mother of a brain injury survivor and author of MARTHA'S FABLES and Gordon Johnson, attorney of TBI Law.com. Additionally, we look forward to bringing another sponsor Mia Marcum McCoy, brain injury survivor and author of a brain injury book that she will speak with us about on a future episode.
The second step in understanding the Law of Attraction LOA is huge! A month ago we aired an episode in which we explored the first step in the LOA. Now the fun of activating and seeing your creative POWER begins. You will be able to see energy moving into form and out of form creating that which you say you want. You will witness the Universal Creator of All Things, move people places and things, including yourself, so you can manifest what you have asked for. You will experience firsthand, life happening for you and not to you. In short, you will see what can happen, when you consciously choose to partner with the God the Universal Creator of All Things.
Join me Dr. Wendy Dearborne, choice expert and Olivia Lashley, expression coach and artist as we explore the law of attraction and you.
Welcome to the Psychic coffee shop, hosted by Aeson Knight and Raine S Love, where we will be meeting twice a month . Aeson Knight is a master psychic of more than 18 years. He is a certified clairvoyant who host an international clientele from average house wives to government officials. Raine S Love is a trained medium with skills to contact crossed over loved ones and also a wonderful empathic clairvoyant with specialization in love and relationships.
These two energies combined this promises to be an inspirational, as well as empowering hour of you week. Each week we will be co-hosting the psychic coffee shop where we encourage you to relax with a cup of coffee and tune into a comfortable environment that will provide you with answers and solutions to the issues you are dealing with in life.
This is our second show on the psychic life with our guest Angel of lights
Our guest this week: Angel of Lights psychic readings are fueled and embraced by the power of love – the greatest power there is, to reveal hidden secrets or motives of another, career guidance and changes your life. Angel of Lights gently guides you to perfect your life according to your deepest wishes. She has a unique gift to give. She is one of the rare readers in the United States who has developed a skillful practice as a reader for the Oracle I Ching. The I Ching provides wisdom and guidance on issues we ourselves are unaware of in our lives.
Our guidance will come from the spirits. There is no problem that we cannot solve. There is no goal that we cannot help you reach. Angel of Lights never fails those who are honest with themselves and with her. Angel of Lights specialty is ways to work with the cosmic energy to attract certain things that can manifest our desires. Powerful! She specializes in prescribing those things to clients who get into deeper readings for health issues and issues that require a breakthrough in your life
The second week of the LIVE Radio series, "Life After Death" continues tonight. Tonight we will voyage where very few have gone before down the alley of CHURCH HURT. Have you ever been hurt at church? Felt like you and your family was supposed to be connected to a particular organization and found yourself offended, mistreated or misunderstood. Let's talk about it tonight and see where the conversation takes us!
After years of working in the banking industry in Central New York, David Homick left his suits behind for a more casual gig as a freelance Web Designer. "I love the creative aspect of my work, which was not something that was encouraged growing up.” Perhaps it is all that pent up creative energy that has motivated him to express himself now between the covers of a book.
It took 54 years for Homick to pick up the pen, or in this case the laptop, and start writing his first novel. That's a lot of life experience to draw on. Much of his inspiration comes from his recent interest in spiritual, metaphysical, and so-called paranormal activity.
His first novel, A Lifetime Last Night, is full of metaphysical wisdom and inspiration that is woven into an intriguing, contemporary love story. One of the underlying themes of the story, as well as his life, was inspired by a favorite quote from George Eliot. "It's never too late to be what we might have been."
A second novel, as yet untitled, is currently in the works. "It's who I am now. I'll never stop writing." Homick dreams of quitting his day job to pursue his writing career full-time.
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