Christianity in Rome
Once Christianity came to Rome, many adopted that faith. However, with all the structures and ideals they had been growing with since they were born, they didn’t understand what Christianity really was. Many of them still gave credit to reason, (No Intermediate Phase), when Jesus came to bring it down. Our reason eventually limits us from the glory of God.
When I look at Christianity back in Rome, I only find a change in customs mixed with a religious and pagan doctrine.
Religion darkens the spirit; it is focused on exalting man more than God. True Christianity is NOT a religion. True Christianity is about Jesus. Being a true Christian means to give up your life to gain The Life.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
Even if I engage in charitable works as they did, what profit do I have when it is done for the exalting of man and not God? Many of them did and built things to help the needy, but whenever it came to recognizing and giving glory to someone it was never Jesus. Instead they gave them names such as the “Apostle of Almsgiving”. When this happens it becomes vanity of man.
I have seen that every labor and skill which is done is the result of rivalry between a man and his neighbor. This too is vanity and striving after wind.
“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.”
“Behold, all of them are false; Their works are worthless, Their molten images are wind and emptiness.
If I will not give the glory to God, then I better not call myself a Christian.
The Roman Empire was powerful in its time, that a group of Germanic peoples called the Visigoths desired to be part of it. However, the Romans guarded their frontiers even more. When the Visigoths saw they were being persecuted by a group of people called the Huns, they began to push more urgently into the Roman Empire. As a result, the eastern Roman emperor Valens finally allowed the Visigoths entry into Rome. However, they treated them badly, and gave them just enough dog food to survive that some of the Visigoths even had to sell their children into slavery just so they could live.
Ultimately, the Visigoths rebelled against Rome, and took into action many pillages. When the Visigoths saw they were on nonstop victories, the Germanic general Odovacar deposed the last Roman emperor in the year 476.