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Saint Paul is credited with spreading the Christian faith among the Gentiles - the non-Jewish population of the Empire. Expansion of the Christian faith was slow at first,… but Christianity often appealed to poor people who felt alienated by mainstream religions. By the beginning of the 4th century CE, Christianity is believed to have converted about ten percent of the population of the Roman Empire. Scholars believe that at this stage Christianity was evenly split between the proto-Catholic-Orthodox faith and Gnostic Christianity. In the early 4th century, Emperor Constantine gave Christianity state patronage, after which the faith began to expand rapidly, as many felt that it was socially or politically desirable to embrace Christianity. Emperor Theodosius I made Christianity the official state religion of Rome in the 380s, and banned worship at pagan temples in 391. The spread of Christianity was soon complete. Additional Answer: Paul went on 3 missionary journeys telling people the good news that Jesus had died for them but rose again. At first, Christianity spread slowly, mainly in the Greek-speaking east, until Emperor Constantine gave the new religion state patronage and offered various inducements to become Christian. In the end, it was a matter of compulsion. Emperor Theodosius made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire in 380 CE, at a time when Christians were still a minority of the overall population of empire, and banned the public worship of the old gods in 391 CE. Persecution of pagans had begun early in the fourth century, under Constantine, but under Theodosius it reached ferocious intensity. It was even a capital offence just to look at a pagan statue that had been smashed by the Christian mobs. Christianity spread throughout the Roman Empire because only the most pious of pagans were prepared to risk life and liberty for their faiths. Christianity initially spread across the Roman Empire because people were attracted to the message. This happened despite the fact that Christianity met opposition from two quarters: From those Jews who rejected the idea that Jesus should be identified as their Messiah (or Christ), and therefore found the teachings about Jesus quite offensive. From the Greeks and Romans who considered Christianity an unnecessary innovation, and who considered it a threat to either their income or the proper ordering of society. For Greeks, Christianity had great appeal as it met the highest objectives of their main philosophical schools (Platonic, Stoic, and Aristotelian), without the baggage of the traditional cults, and their gods, and their misdemeanors. This also applied to Romans who had been influenced in this way by Greek culture. For those on the fringes of the mainstream Greco-Roman culture, the tribes of the lands which had not yet been substantially Hellenised (made Greek speaking), Christianity came to offer easier access to a higher culture than was available through other methods of cultural interchange, since each community tended to follow its own cult. For poor people, Christianity provided a means of validation of their self-worth, since in Christianity wealth is not the measure of a person. There was also an aspect of mutual help in Christian communities that must have made them vibrant and attractive to others. These can be considered to be a starting point for Christianity's spread. As time went on political factors also had a part to play, and these are discussed in the related question, listed below, "How did Christianity spread throughout the roman empire?" 1. The apostles travelled around testifying about God`s kingdom and that Messiah had come. 2. They told about Jesus Christ as first hand witnesses and the Holy Spirit was with them. At first it grew by peaceful means through a vast preaching work. By the 4th century the Roman Empire adopted Christianity as it's official religion and began forcing it on the populace to various degrees throughout history. The appeal of Christianity. It is generally agreed that Christianity's promise of redemption and salvation was appealing to many Romans. In pagan religions it was thought that after death one went to the underworld and not much was said about the afterlife. Christianity, instead, offered salvation and hope. Moreover, the pagan gods were indifferent to humans and they were gods to be appeased with sacrifices (natural disasters were interpreted as the wrath of the gods because they had not been honoured). By contrast, Jesus Christ was a figure of compassion, mercy and benevolence. Imperial endorsement.. At the time of Constantine the Great, the first emperor who favoured the Christians, Christianity was influential, but still very much a minority religion. Constantine promoted Christians in the imperial bureaucracy, mediated between competing Christians doctrines, built important Christian churches and enacted laws favouravle to the Chritians.. All but one of the subsequent emperors were Christians. In 380 the co-emperors Theodosius and Gratian issued the Edict of Thessalonica which made mainstream Christianity (the Latin and Greek Churches, which later came to be called Catholic and Orthodox respectively) the sole legitimate religion of the empire. Christianity became state religion ad was officially endorsed by the Roman state. The object of the edict was to ban the many dissident Christian doctrines which were branded heretic. The main target was Arian Christianity, which was popular around the empire and which was persecuted. Thus, the edict also promoted greater uniformity among the Christians. Persecution of pagan religions. Theodosius also introduced laws which banned the institutions and practices of Roman religion which had not already been banned by previous Christian emperors. This made practicing this religion virtually fully illegal. Theodosius either ordered the destruction of pagan temples, shrines and statues or condoned such destructions by Christian monks and zealots. In some parts of the empire there were also forced conversions. These persecutions weakened pagan religions and further favoured the spread of Christianity. People needed something to believe in in and at that time people neede to be accepted Christianity was institutionalized by Constantine I. Christianity seems to have arrived quite early in Rome. By the fourth-century time of Emperor Constantine it was the only city in western Europe to have a significant proportion of Christians, possibly over ten per cent. Christianity spread in the Roman Empire because of how much they were persecuted. This may sound weird, but it meant that there were only real Christians, no one who wasnt one claimed to be one. This kept Christianity nice and healthy, unlike another time when you were forced by the Church to be Christian, and this was when Christianity went off tracks for awhile. Also, people were amazed that Christians would give up their lives so horribly for their God and so the Romans started to think that if they would give up their lives for this 'god' then there must be something real in this faith. because it appealed to the roman lower class. it's fair to women so women joined in record numbers. slaves liked it because appreciated them as people. and the young church was firmly rooted by the apostles causing it to spread. the final reason was emperor Constantine, he was a Christan and changed the roman religion to Christianity.
People's inspiration from the courage of those who were persecuted for the Christian faith.
Around AD 30 when the Holy Spirit came on Jesus' disciples at Pentecost, there were many Jews from other countries in Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost. They heard the …gospel from Peter and the other disciples - Acts 2 - and no doubt these people took the gospel back to the countries they came from after Pentecost. Some of these people came from Rome and so the teachings of Christianity were taken to Rome. Later around AD 40 the apostle Paul also undertook 3 missionary journeys through parts of the Roman empire. Also other disciples were involved in taking the teachings of Christianity to parts of the Roman Empire and the then known world.
It was Emperor Constantine who decreed that Christianity should be the official religion of the Roman Empire.
Christianity, sprang up in the corner of the Roman Empire. At first, Christianity was just one of many religions practiced in the empire. but despite many obstacles, the new f…aith grew rapidly, and by A.D. 395, it had been declared the official religion of the tRoman Empire. It gained strength,when the roman empire fell, the christian church took over much of this role, becoming the central institution of western civilization for nearly 1000 years
A: Until the time of Emperor Constantine, Christianity spread slowly, mainly in the Greek-speaking east and in the city of Rome. Elsewhere in the west, only Lyons had a sizabl…e Christian population. After some three centuries, the Christian population is estmated to have been around ten per cent of the total population of the empire. Constantine gave Christianity state patronage and offered various inducements to become Christian. He also began the long persecution of the pagan temples. Christianity began to grow more quickly, so that by late in the fourth century, when Emperor Theodosius made it the official religion of empire, it represented nearly half the population. Soon afterwards, Theodosius made the public worship of the old gods a criminal offence, punishable by death. Within two or three centuries, Christianity had spread completely across the former Roman Empire.
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As far as I know, in the late era of Roman emperors, people had their way to do anything, and they did (remember, it was the age of Caligula, Nero, and peacock feather to make… you vomit so you can eat more, then repeat, and I will not go into details about the sexual liberties). And, as it happens many times in history when people do something to the extremities: they got sick of it, and wanted something better, something new. And in this situation had arrived a religion of love and of some very strict expectations (eg. offering your other cheek), after a long time of moral chaos. So it started to spread, even though it was a forbidden religion first. But when martyrs die for what they believe, you start to wonder, why they do it. Later, Constantine the Great had his reasons to make this the official religion of the Roman Empire, which was helpful, too. But I'm relying on some memories from history classes, and the novel "Quo Vadis", mixed with some personal guesses, so if you need more, there's plenty to research. Continuing Answer You could check out some other questions around the same theme: Did Christianity spread despite the torment from the romans?When did Christianity gain followers? Why was Constantine's conversion to Christianity so important? How did Christianity become Rome's official religion?Is there any real historical reason why the people of Europe converted to Christianity? See links to these in the related questions listed below.
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The Holy Spirit, Apostles, disciples, and missionaries as well as communication among friends.
yes but that's all i know No. Christianity spread from the disciples of Jesus Christ beginning in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost.
They heard of and/or saw Jesus and then the apostles do miracles by the Holy Spirit when Rome was occupying Israel, and they started to have a seeking heart towards God. As mo…re people looked for God, more started to convert to Christianity.
The gospel was spread by the apostles who travellled around the empire. The Romans were tolerant towards the religions of the conquered people and allowed freedom of worship a…nd preaching. It was alter that severe persecutions of the Christians started. By then Christianity had already become widespread. Historians think that Christianity became popular around the empire, especially among the poor because it suited their needs better. The Christian ethos was sympathetic to the plight of the poor, preached respect for the poor and advocated compassion and charity. Christianity also provided an explanation for the creation of the world, it offered redemption and salvation, heaven after the suffering on earth following good conduct, and ethical values.
The Christians told people about their faith, and the converts spread the word, and eventually made their way to Rome, where they kept growing until Constantine made Christian…ity the country's religion.
The apostles went around the empire to preach and convert peoples. When a church was formed, priests did the same. Historians think that Christianity became popular around the… empire people's needs better, in particular he offender an after life. However, there were other factors as well.Christianity also provided an explanation for the creation of the world and offered redemption and salvation, heaven after the suffering on earth following good conduct, and ethical values.The Christian ethos was also sympathetic to the plight of the poor, preached respect for the poor and advocated compassion and charity. The early spread of Christianity faced the competition of the cult of Mithras, a divinity thought to have been originally Indo-Persian. It was the religion which offered the greatest opportunity for prayers. There were three services a day and many festivals. It also had irregular priests, ascetics and preachers. It was embraced by the soldiers and became the religion of the military, which made it popular and spread it throughout the empire. Mithras came to be called Sol Invictus (Unconquered Sun). He was the all-seeing author and protector of life and the giver of immortal life. There was also a moral element in this cult. Therefore the cult bore some resemblance to that of the Christians and this god had similarities with their Father-God. It was a unitarian religion. It aimed at uniting all the gods and myths together in a vast synthesis. Therefore, it also had the potential to bring monotheism to the empire and to unify it religiously. Given this potential, Aurelian made the cult of Sol Invictus an official religion. It was the cult favoured by the emperors from Aurelian to Constantine the Great. These emperors hoped that their subjects could be untied by this cult and that the empire could be founded anew on unity of religion. However, Christianity had extra elements to offer. Unlike the pagan gods who were indifferent to human beings, Jesus was compassionate and deeply concened with the fate of humanity. The afterlife was presented as salvation and Jesus was the saviour. Jesus made salvation tangible through his having come among humans as a human and having sacrificed himself to save humans. He was a messiah who offered a clear path towards salvation which went beyond just honouring a god. Salvation was also redemption, one which was both from having sinned, but also of the suffering of life on earth which was the everyday experience of the struggling poor. In addition to this, Christianity also offered the principles of equality, compassion towards the poor and charity for the deprived. It is not surprising that Christianity became the religion of the masses of the poor. The reward of heaven for leading a pious Christian life was unique to Christianity. Moreover, Christian preachers had a missionary zeal not found among the priests of other religions. Their mission was to save humanity. Therefore, unlike pagan priests, they undertook proselytising with vigour and were very successful in doing do. Constantine the Great's support also helped the further spread of Christianity. He built important Christian churches, such as the original Basilica of St Peter's in Rome, the St John Lateran's Basilica (the city of Rome's first Cathedral and the original residence of the Popes), the Church of the Holy Apostles and the Hagia Eirene in Constantinople and Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in Jerusalem. He promoted Christians in the ranks of the imperial administration and tried to mediate between competing Christian doctrines.
Christianity was spread because of the aggressive evangelizing that the first century Christians did. Most notably, the Apostle Paul made a missionary trip to Rome. Since …Paul was a Roman citizen by law he was able to do more legally than most other Christians at the time. Although, even he ended up in prison eventually. By the time of the 4th century, Christianity had spread so much throughout the Roman Empire, that the Emperor Constantine made a power move, first to make it legal to practice the religion, and then he made it the official religion of the Empire later on during his reign.