Role Of Constantine In The Rise Of Christianity

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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
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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 the start of Constantine’s fight of tyranny. (Pamphilus 339 …show more content…
In 313 CE Constantine and emperor Licinius met in Milan to change policies towards Christians, and composed the Edict of Milan. The edict stated that the Empire was neutral to what religion one worships; not only was Christianity legal, but all traditional religions were. It stated that individual Romans “shall right their wrongs with Christian’s” immediately. The faster this was done, the faster the balance of good and evils would be evened out in the Empire. Licinius would later win over an Emperor giving him control of the Eastern Empire, leading to the civil war between him and Constantine. After Constantine’s death in 337 CE, Christianity was made the state religion of the Roman Empire in 381

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