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September 12, 2014 / Fantelius

The Most Successful Christian Terrorists

The artist of life. Sees truth and beauty.
If the first Christians hadn’t turned their backs on the emperor and the Roman senate and gone directly to the people with the truth of our equality and determination to help one another, we might all be speaking Latin today.

The first Christians were the terrorists of their day. They struck terror into the hearts of the rulers by refusing to acknowledge the authority of Rome. How could the rulers rule without the obedience of their subjects? So the Christians were suppressed, persecuted, imprisoned, tortured and put to death, often as entertainment at ”the circus.” The Christians prevailed and grew in strength and numbers. During the last and most severe persecution between 303 and 324, the support for the Christians was so extensive that the empire ceased to function and had to admit defeat. To save face, they called it the Edit of Tolerance.

Hmmmp! Could people turn their backs on the rulers of today? Could they commit themselves to the holy force of life and respect for people instead of acknowledging the rule of money and force? What a quaint idea! It probably wouldn’t work. Or….

 

“If we listen to our hearts
we can hear the voice of life
reminding us of our greatness
and encouraging us to join
with the family of humanity
in transforming the earth
into a garden of beauty and love.”
Dartwill Aquila

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