The Christian Virus

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The Christian Virus
By Darren Bailey LRPS

Up until the time of Constantine, Christianity was a small and inconsequential sect. During his reign Christians won positions of prominence and power. Those who opposed Christianity, “enemies of true religion”, were stripped of their honours, and those who had supported the previous, pagan, emperor were executed .
Eusebius, a bishop, gloated over the fate of people who had elected to worship other gods. They were accused of fraud, subjected to “elaborate tortures” to confirm the charges, then handed over to the executioner . By the end of Constantine’s reign all pagan cults were being discouraged and temples were being destroyed.

Anyone who failed to display the required enthusiasm for the Christian God was dealt with severely. Charges were laid by informants. Perjured evidence was presented to, and accepted by, partisan tribunals. Confessions were extracted with the help of torture. Young and old alike were induced to implicate their friends and families. Many were executed. The lucky ones were merely imprisoned or exiled.

By the reign of Justinian (527-565) All pagan, and indeed non-Catholic Christian belief was illegal, and the death penalty was reintroduced.
People were no longer free to chose their faith.
Whole countries were converted by force, being given a choice between adopting Christianity and suffering an unpleasant death.

Art created using a Nikon D90 and a Nikkor 50mm f1.4

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