Throw your burden upon the Lord, and he will sustain you. He will never allow the godly to be shaken.

Psalms 55:22

🤔 This is telling you something! Never!

Gets you wondering! God knows you in totality! Wake up, He perceives! Sleep He is aware! Amen.

Why do you think that people are spoken to in ‘dreams’? We are spirit residing in this ‘shell’. We will one day leave this shell and be! Where?

I am aware this baffles some. But, we learn each and every day! Learn for what? Yes! We grow “older and wiser”, but that is not a universal fact! We at times wonder if another “just doesn’t get it!” For a second, take your eyes off others and examine your situation. What are things you have done but failed at or had continuous regrets?

There is training. We learn from past experiences:

“For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

Romans 15:4

“Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons.”

Deuteronomy 4:9

“Remember the days of old, Consider the years of all generations. Ask your father, and he will inform you, Your elders, and they will tell you.”

Deuteronomy 32:7

“Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets proclaimed, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Return now from your evil ways and from your evil deeds “‘ But they did not listen or give heed to Me,” declares the LORD.”

Zechariah 1:4

“Now these things happened as examples for us, so that we would not crave evil things as they also craved. Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written, “THE PEOPLE SAT DOWN TO EAT AND DRINK, AND STOOD UP TO PLAY.” Nor let us act immorally, as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in one day.”

1 Corinthians 10:6-11

“…that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.”

Hebrews 12:16

“For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear.”

1 Peter 3:5-6

https://www.creators.com/read/kids-talk-about-god/03/14/why-does-the-bible-call-jesus-the-word

“…not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous.”

1 John 3:12

Experience makes us who and what we are meant to be!

While Christian persecution was rampant in ancient Rome, it was not constant.

Were Christians really thrown to the lions? Well, yes and no. And more importantly, they weren’t the only ones to suffer this fate at the hands of the Romans.

Since the end of the 19th century, the prevailing symbol of the ancient Roman persecution of Christians has been the lion. Henryk Sienkiewicz’s 1895 novel Quo Vadis and its 1951 film adaptation popularized the imagery of Nero feeding these poor souls to the beasts. This has lead to the widespread belief that all Roman emperors instituted policies of persecution, but it would seem that this is not the case.

While it is true that Christians were persecuted in Ancient Rome, it was not a constant effort on the Romans’ part, nor was it universally practiced. The Conversation tells us that this misconception was primarily influenced by two works written in the early 4th century: On the Deaths of the Persecutorsby Lactantius, a Christian professor of Latin, and The Church History of Eusebius, written by the bishop of Caesarea in modern-day Israel.

The two works were finished during the reign of Constantine, the first Christian Roman emperor, and sought to record the suffering of Christians under Roman rule up until that time.

Lactantius cited Nero as the first persecutor of Christians. After the Great Fire of Rome, which rumors attributed to Nero, he shifted the blame onto the Christian community and, according to the Roman historian Tacitus, had them covered in wild beast skins and torn apart by dogs.

A horrible way to die, to be sure, but it does not seem that they were executed for their faith, but rather as “punishment” for arson.

After Nero’s reign, Christians were given a respite from persecution as many regions adopted something of a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Christians who admitted their faith and refused to sacrifice to Roman gods were executed, but the government was not actively seeking them.

Even when Christians were found out, they were not always executed. In the case of St. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, he was merely exiled for his faith, while clergy in Numidia were condemned to hard labor in the mines, a punishment usually reserved for slaves.

With the end of reign of emperor Valerian, who had instituted a universal sacrifice throughout the empire, Christians saw about 40 years with no official action taken against them. It wasn’t until emperor Diocletian enacted his “Great Persecution” in 303 that Christians came under fire once again.

This does sound like quite a bit of persecution, but it was not all enacted by the Romans. In fact, many of the Christians who were put to death at this time were exposed and executed by members of the local population, rather than the authorities. An example of this can be found in Polycarp of Smyrna and the martyrs of Lyons and Vienne, who were brought to trial by average citizens, who also insisted upon their execution.

Lions were also not the only form of punishment. Condemnation to the beasts was a common form of execution, but it was not reserved for Christians. Death by beasts was a popular method of punishment because it maximized the suffering of the victim, while entertaining the populace.

Here, we focus on dispelling what has come to be known as history. Actually, as we read it was one form of persecution. To address this precisely , Jesus, The Son of God – not spoken into being, but a separation of God IS!

We read The Word and Jesus is spoken of as The Word. We may lend a question to this and question; “What did The Word do?”

“Jesus is the Word because through him all things are made,” John 1:1

https://www.creators.com/read/kids-talk-about-god/03/14/why-does-the-bible-call-jesus-the-word

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