Early Christianity in Rome through Opposition of the Majority
Christians, at this point in history, were a minority in Rome. They were "a minority," as Jerome Carcopino, author of Daily Life in Ancient Rome, reports, "[that was] always exposed to the prejudice of the masses and hostility of the authorities." As stated by Edward Gibbon in his book Christianity and the Decline of Rome, in the case of Jesus Christ, the multitude of pagans in Rome rejected His ideas. They believed He was seeking personal success through His humble behavior to others and also refused to acknowledge the fact of His resurrection. They basically put down everything He represented, including His miraculous birth, influential life, and selfless death for all sins . Gough explains how all Christians were seen as "traitors determined on upsetting the imperial applecart." Romans also resented the fact that Christians spoke of the final doom of the Roman Empire, referred to as Babylon, and the Second Coming of their Savior, Jesus Christ. Followers of Christianity went through many trials and tribulations at the Roman's expense in the centuries to come. This paper will discuss the reasons, from the Roman perspective, why Christians were persecuted, and how Christianity eventually triumphed in the Roman Empire.
How Did Roman Emperors Torment Christians?