Constantine 's Influence On The Rise Of Christianity Essay

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Constantine and his Role in the Rise of Christianity
Constantine reflected on previous emperors seeing that worshiping multiple Gods was just an artful deception. He wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps as a Christian, so he prayed to God to reveal to him who he truly was. He saw a chi-rho of light in the heavens bearing the inscription, “By this symbol you will conquer.” While he was sleeping the night before the Battle of Milvian, the Christ of God appeared to him with the same sign; commanding him to use it as a symbol of strength over his enemies, and use it as a safeguard in all his engagements. Because of Constantine’s symbolic vision, he used it to strengthen his army, overthrow the entire Roman Empire, and impose pro-Christian laws throughout the Empire. (Pamphilus 339 CE)
The night before the Battle of Milvian, Constantine called on God and asked him to reveal who he truly was. At the moment, Constantine saw a shape in the light of the Heavens. It was a slanted letter X with the top of its head bent round, chi-ro. He was pondering what it had meant when night came. In his sleep, God visited him in his dreams commanding that he use the chi-ro as a symbol of strength; to use it as a safeguard in all encounters with his enemies. They placed the symbol on their shields; God promised them victory if they did so. Constantine and his army killed Maxentius and his army. Winning this battle gave Constantine control of the western half of the Roman Empire. This marks…

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