Christianity in Rome
Christianity appears to have its home in Rome.
But that was not always so. When Christianity was new, Christians
were hunted as criminals. They refused to worship Roman gods and
that was against the law.
Even though Christianity was against the
law, its numbers or followers grew rapidly. Christians were always trying
to convert people. While some Christians were rich, most of the
converts in Rome were from the poorer section. There were two
reasons for this.
First, Christians promised that if you
lived your life right you went to heaven when you died. In the
other Roman religion, only the gods could live in heaven. Everyone
else was consigned to the underworld.
Second, every Christian considered
themselves equal to every other Christian. There was no nobility
or higher caste. (See plebians and
In 313 CE, Emperor Constantine converted
to Christianity and made Christianity legal. Under his leadership, Christians could no
longer be arrested just for being Christian. After a fairly short
period of time, Christianity became the dominate religion of Rome. After
that, it became the law that you must be Christian to be a citizen
Nero Goes Insane (cartoon presentation for kids)
Christian Fish Symbol