SCRIPTURE: Job 19:25, "For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth."
QUOTE: Philip Graham Ryken, "Authentic, biblical Christianity has always been an exclusive religion. This became apparent during the Roman Empire. When the Emperor Alexander Severus heard about Christianity, he placed an image of Christ beside the other gods in his private chapel, just to be safe. The Romans were happy to welcome Jesus into their pantheon. What the Romans couldn’t understand was why Christians refused to reciprocate. If the emperor was willing to worship Christ, why weren’t Christians willing to worship the emperor? Yet the early Christians insisted that in order to worship Christ at all, they had to worship Christ alone. They were even willing to stand up for this conviction by playing “Christians and lions” at the Colosseum."
TOPIC: "Mission to the Gentiles" (Part 2) from Justo L. Gonzalez's book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1)
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