The Rapid Spread of Christianity

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The Rapid Spread of Christianity

Professor C
August 2007
Period 5

Christianity was one of the fastest spreading religions of its time. There were many attractions to Christianity that led Jews and gentiles (non-Jews) to convert. Christianity appealed to every one of all ages, including the poor and women, which was very uncommon of a religion in that day . The poor and women were looked down upon in society, but when they stepped foot into a church, the members made them felt as they belonged. Many people became believers in Christ because it was captivating and easy to relate to. It promised what no other religion could, an everlasting life in Heaven free of monetary cost and pain.

Christianity taught that Jesus Christ, the son of God, a savior by the name of Messiah came to save all people who were sinners due to Adam’s disloyalty and evil actions in the Garden of Eden. God sent his one and only son to be persecuted so humans could one day live in Heaven with him. “For god so loved the world that he sent his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” . Jesus Christ died on the cross to forgive all sins of those who believe so that we can have a personal relationship with God without the hindrance of our sins. Christianity was spread by the word of mouth by Disciples, Jesus’ followers who were people who spread the gospel. The structure of the Roman Empire also aided the spread of Christianity by the Roman roads which were good for travel throughout the Empire for people like Paul of Tarsus who reached out to Jews and gentiles to tell the word. Non-Christians like Diocletian tried to persecute Christianity but the religion proved to be too powerful to be blotted out by force. It only forced Christians to become more organized.

The poor were drawn to Christianity because it was one of the only religions that they could afford. By the power of the church, the poor were able to participate in any...
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