- HEAVEN and HELL
So why were they persecuted?
HUMILITY vs. Honor
POOR vs. Rich
FAITH vs. Ritual
- Emperor DECIUS - persecuted Christians for not sacrificing animals
- Emperors Valerian and Gallienus - tried to wipe out CHURCH LEADERSHIP.
- Emperor Diocletian - LARGEST PERSECUTION of Christians in 302 AD
Peter and Paul are both martyred.
- Teaching by ARIUS
- Jesus couldn't be both God and the Son of God
- Jesus was CREATED, not around for all eternity
COUNCIL OF NICAEA
- BANNED pagan sacrifices and worship
- Established NICENE CREED as universal norm
- Established CHRISTIANITY as the official state religion
- Martyrdom out, MONASTICISM in.