May 1, 2012 · By William J. Federer · 3 Comments
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MAY 1, 305 AD, the most powerful man in the world, Emperor Diocletian, stepped down from ruling the Roman Empire.
He had required all the military to worship pagan Roman gods, thus forcing Christians out of the military.
With Christians out, he used the military to persecute Christians with extreme severity, going province by province arresting church leaders, cutting out tongues, boiling some alive, decapitating others, burning scriptures, forbidding worship and demanding pagan sacrifices.
From Europe to North Africa, thousands were martyred, and the faithful cried out in prayer.
Suddenly, Diocletian was struck with a painful intestinal disease and resigned.
Eight years later Emperor Constantine ended the persecution of Christians.
President Reagan commented in 1984 on how Christianity influenced Rome:
“In the fourth century, a monk (Telemachus) thought he heard God telling him to go to Rome…He followed a crowd into the Coliseum and saw the gladiators.
“He realized they were going to fight to the death.
“He cried out, ‘In the Name of Christ, stop!’…made his way through the crowd and climbed the wall into the arena…
“As he was pleading with the gladiators…one of them plunged his sword into his body…his last words were, ‘In the Name of Christ, stop!’
“Suddenly the gladiators stood looking at this tiny form…
“In dead silence, everyone left.”
“That was the last battle in the Coliseum. One tiny voice…’In the Name of Christ, stop!’ We could be saying that today.”
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