Persecution (Part 3)
How did the Christians respond to the persecution and hardship they suffered?
The Romans were baffled by the conduct of the Christians, for they lived exemplary lives, as they paid their taxes and lived good lives. Yet they showed contempt for the worship of the established Roman gods. This could have incited a charge by the Romans against the Christians of “insult to the gods”, insomuch as they were claiming that Christ was Lord and not Caesar.
The Christians kept their worship simple. They did not have temples. Instead, they met in each others houses and ate together. They did not have statues or idols to worship, for there God was alive and lived with them. This simplicity of worship made them appear a sort of Atheist, and by Roman laws those who were chargeable with atheism were declared pests of human society.
“For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22)