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Persecution is particularly relevant to catastrophic millennialism, the belief in an imminent cataclysmic transition to a collective salvation.
Persecution strengthens catastrophic millennial beliefs, hardens the boundaries drawn between "us" and "them," and causes millennial groups to become caught up in violence that may be initiated either by the believers or by outsiders who assault them.
In such cases, persecution serves to weaken a group that is already suffering from internal stresses, and thus might motivate believers to resort to violent actions to preserve their religious goal.
www.loyno.edu /~wessing/law/Encyclopedia/8.persecution.html   (4457 words)

 The Baha'is: Persecution
Bahá’ís understand this pattern of persecution as a manifestation of the misunderstanding and fear that often occur when a new religion emerges from the matrix of a well-established orthodoxy.
In 1979, with the establishment of an Islamic Republic, the persecutions took a new direction, becoming an official government policy and being pursued in a systematic way.
Yet the wholesale persecution and oppression of Iranian Bahá’ís continues, though in a manner that seems designed to evade the scrutiny of international human rights monitors.
www.bahai.org /dir/worldwide/persecution   (1355 words)

  Persecution - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The most common scenario is a majority group persecuting a minority group, since the reverse is usually impractical, although Apartheid in South Africa is considered an exception.
Periods of persecution may include martyrdom, in which a person killed by the persecutor becomes a powerful cultural symbol for the persecuted group.
For instance, Christianity's two best-known symbols -- the Christian cross and the ichthus -- are relics of persecution: the cross is the means by which Christ was martyred, while the ichthus was (according to one story) a secret symbol used by Christians to identify one another under Roman persecution.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Persecution   (404 words)

 Banner of Truth Trust General Articles
In the 16th century they were persecuted for their faith; not only by the Roman Catholics but also by Protestants.
At the end he was burned, in the presence of pope Pius IV A horrible persecution followed, in which the colonists were slaughtered and the Calabrian church exterminated.
It appears that persecution was intensified in NT times, as the dragon increased his attempts to destroy the Church In the beatitudes Jesus calls them blessed who are persecuted for righteousness' sake (Matt.5:10), and commands us to pray for them that persecute us (v.44).
www.banneroftruth.org /pages/articles/article_detail.php?480   (1355 words)

 Persecution in the Early Church
Persecution was especially bad in Syria and Palestine during Trajan’s reign.
According to Philip Schaff, "This was the signal for a persecution which, in extent, consistency, and cruelty, exceeded all before it." It was the first to extend over the whole empire, so it produced more martyrs than any other persecution.
In 251 Decius died, but persecution continued as Christians were blamed for invasions by the Goths and for natural disasters.
www.leaderu.com /orgs/probe/docs/persecution.html   (2915 words)

 Early Christian Martyrs : Las Vegas Orthodox
Not long after, the Roman persecution also began but this was much more selective and by the end had killed all of the Apostles (except St. John).
His son Gallienus stopped the persecutions and the Church experienced its largest growth to date, reaching up to 10 percent of the population of the Empire.
This persecution stopped when Constantine took the throne in 312 AD and not only recognized the Christians (his own mother Helen was a Christian) but he himself became a Christian and made it the official religion of the Empire.
www.lasvegasorthodox.com /library/history/articles/Early_Christian_Martyrs.htm   (881 words)

 Christian Persecution in China
While the severity of the sentence has been reduced in recent years, it is not uncommon for house church members, especially their leaders, to be sentenced to three years 're-education through labour' for their involvement in the house church movement.
Tears of the Oppressed works with other organisations around the world to lobby for the release of Christians imprisoned in China for their faith, and for the rights of those who are tortured or otherwise mistreated for their Christian beliefs.
We are also committed to praying for persecuted Christians around the world, including China, and where appropriate, to assisting them financially.
www.human-rights-and-christian-persecution.org /china.html   (801 words)

 from jesus to christ: why did christianity succeed?: the martyrs
At the time of the major empire-wide persecution, under the Emperor Decius, you have to realize, this is also a time when the Emperor's feeling under great pressure.
This is one of the factors which must be feeding into the sense of the crisis, expressed in the persecution against the church....
And so the fact that we have incontrovertible evidence that Christians are being persecuted says several interesting things about the growth of movement and the social fortunes of the empire.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/religion/why/martyrs.html   (3013 words)

 Symposium: The Muslim Persecution of Christians   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The persecution of millions of Christians is and should not be a "Christian" problem, but a human one.
It is particularly crucial that religious persecution be acknowledged and faced head on wherever it occurs.
Allowing such religious persecutions to happen, or remaining silent about them when they do occur, are clearly not in the national interests of the United States or the freedom-loving civilized world.
www.frontpagemag.com /Articles/Printable.asp?ID=10242   (6528 words)

 Persecution of Christians - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In Ethiopia, Queen Gudit, who persecuted Christians around 970 AD and helped bring down the Kingdom of Aksum, is said in Ethiopian chronicles to have been Jewish, though some modern scholars have cast doubt on this, suggesting that she may have been a pagan.
Their persecution, considered the largest, was to be the last, as Constantine I soon came into power and in 313 legalized Christianity.
The persecutions were usually carried out for political, not religious, reasons and abated during World War II, at which time Stalin's government reached a truce with the Church in order to use it as part of its program to inspire Russian patriotic fervor.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Persecution_of_Christians   (7284 words)

 The Voice of the Martyrs
Perhaps you have found a way to share about persecuted Christians and are willing to communicate your thoughts and proven ideas with others.
Persecuted Christians from around the world are gathering names and addresses from their local communities.
Also, Internships are available to college junior, senior and post graduate students who have a heart to serve the persecuted church.
www.persecution.com /ministryLink/index.cfm   (400 words)

 persecution - Definitions from Dictionary.com
The act or practice of persecuting on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or beliefs that differ from those of the persecutor.
The verb persecute is attested from 1482 in the sense of "to oppress for the holding of a belief or opinion," from M.Fr.
The act or practice of persecuting; especially, the infliction of loss, pain, or death for adherence to a particular creed or mode of worship.
dictionary.reference.com /browse/persecution   (256 words)

 Religious Persecution: Shades of Grey - Copyright © 2000 by Team C005706, ThinkQuest
We thought that religious persecution was simply the persecution of a group because of their religious faith.
Sometimes religious persecution is clearly an abuse of power as in the case of the Holocaust, where one specific group was targeted for annihilation.
Religious persecution is the persecution of individuals within a group in the struggle to maintain their religious identity, or the abuse of power by an individual or organization that causes members of a religious group to suffer.
library.thinkquest.org /C005706   (361 words)

 Christian Persecution
Christian persecution was a dramatic part of early church history.
Jerome holds that Peter was crucified upside down, at his own request, because he said he was unworthy to be crucified in the same manner as his Lord.
Christian persecution didn’t slow the growth of the Christian faith during the first few centuries after Christ.
www.allaboutfollowingjesus.org /christian-persecution.htm   (1002 words)

 Documents on the Persecution of the Early Church
Hence we shall not mention those who were shaken by the persecution, nor those who in everything pertaining to salvation were shipwrecked, and by their own will were sunk in the depths of the flood.
In times of persecution these documents were accepted as proof that someone was not a Christian.
A Libellus of the Decian Persecution (A.D. To those in charge of the sacrifices of the village Theadelphia, from Aurelia Bellias, daughter of Peteres, and her daughter, Kapinis.
www.bible-researcher.com /persecution.html   (3433 words)

 Persecution of the Baha'is in Iran
The Bahá'ís of Iran have been persecuted throughout their history in that country.
The aim of the authorities in their persecution of the Bahá'ís has been the destruction of the community.
Recent attacks in the media and the growing influence of an anti-Bahá'í association, Hojjatieh, indicate that the persecution may be about to take a severe and sinister turn in order to attain that final goal.
info.bahai.org /persecution_iran.html   (825 words)

 The Worldwide Persecution of Christians. The Destruction of Jerusalem
The spread of the Christian faith among the pagans provoked persecution of the Christians by pagan Roman emperors.
Persecution of the Christians was so cruel that it is difficult to describe.
This persecution lasted from 303 A.D. to 313 A.D. At that time, a hundred thousand Christians were killed with the greatest variety of torments.
www.orthodoxphotos.com /readings/LG/end.shtml   (798 words)

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Taught by Open Doors co-workers, it shares the lessons of the Persecuted Church worldwide, giving a solid biblical perspective on persecution, practical advice on how to avoid unnecessary persecution and instruction on how to fight persecution when it happens.
Its better to get persecuted for what is really happening, than for what is just wishful thinking, said a pastor in Madiun.
An estimated 200 million Christians worldwide suffer persecution for their faith in Christ, with another 200 to 400 million facing discrimination for being Christian.
www.cbn.com /spirituallife/ChurchAndMinistry/PersecutionWatch/ans_PersecutionSeminar.asp   (980 words)

 Persecution Worldwide
In more than 40 nations around the world today Christians are being persecuted for their faith.
In some of these nations it is illegal to own a Bible, to share your faith Christ, change your faith or teach your children about Jesus.
Yet Christians continue to meet for worship and to witness for Christ, and the church in restricted nations is growing.
www.prisoneralert.com /vompw_persecution.htm   (103 words)

 Anabaptists: Mennonites in Europe -- Persecution
Furthermore, the natural and inevitable consequence was the persecution of the Anabaptists by the established Protestant state churches.
It is a fact recognized by many recent historians that the persecution of the Anabaptists surpassed in severity the persecution of the early Christians by pagan Rome.
Persecution began in Zurich soon after the Brethren had organized a congregation.
www.anabaptists.org /writings/excerpts/meneu-1.html   (1165 words)

 Persecution (WebBible Encyclopedia) - ChristianAnswers.Net   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In all ages, in one form or another, the people of God have had to suffer persecution.
In its earliest history the Christian church passed through many bloody persecutions.
Of subsequent centuries in our own and in other lands the same sad record may be made.
www.christiananswers.net /dictionary/persecution.html   (135 words)

 Human Events Book Service: Persecution by David Limbaugh   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Limbaugh cuts cleanly through this confusion and distortion, exploring the deeply held Christian faith of the Founding Fathers, and showing that Christianity and Judeo-Christian principles are essential -- and were recognized by the Founders as essential -- to the unique political liberties Americans enjoy.
Persecution is an indispensable tool to help Christians reclaim their right (and duty) to enter the political arena and to try to influence the course of this country.
From the courtroom to the schoolroom to the newsroom, Persecution exposes the hypocrisy and bigotry of the secular, anti-Christian Left.
www.hebookservice.com /bookpage.asp?prod_cd=C6364   (1095 words)

 Iran Focus-Persecution Of Baha'is Continues In Iran - Human Rights - News
Baha'is are Iran's largest religious minority, but their faith is not recognized in the country's constitution and they have long faced harassment and persecution.
The Baha'i faith was founded by Mirza Hussein Ali Nuri, known as "Bahaullah" -- Arabic for "the Glory of God." The unity of all religions, the unity of humanity, and the equality of men and women are among the main teachings of Bahaullah.
Many see theological conflicts with Islam as the main motive for the persecution of Baha'is. Muslims believe that the Prophet Muhammad is "the end of prophesy." The Baha'i faith, founded several centuries after Islam, states that divine revelation will continue.
www.iranfocus.com /modules/news/article.php?storyid=965   (932 words)

 Christian Persecution Blog: Christian Persecution Archives   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Many of you who are familiar with the Christian persecution stories posted and published by The Voice of the Martyrs have a distinct image of what suffering for one's faith looks like.
Cindy writes about a missionary that was dragged away from a bus stop and beaten and then threatened and all because he is a Christian.
Gao has represented persecuted Christians over the years, including Pastor Cai Zhuohua’s case late last year, which resulted in the court’s demand to suspend all operations of his law firm for one year, which began in November, 2005.
www.persecutionblog.com /christian_persecution   (9829 words)

persecution, by which we understand the unlawful exercise of coercion.
persecution of the Christians in 339 or 340.
persecution in 445 or 446, traces of which are found shortly before 450.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/11703a.htm   (3190 words)

 Christian persecution sent by the black horse from the third seal
This Christian persecution from the fl horse takes the form of economic trespass against the Father's children.
The fl horse used economic persecution against the saints of God in most of the seven churches.
The government persecuted the Christians by forcing them to buy food and staples on the fl market at high prices.
www.the-book-of-revelation.com /christian-persecution.html   (787 words)

 Prophecy Central: Signs of the Times - Persecution
Persecution is on the rise due to the expansion of Islamic and Hindu extremism as well as the appearance of new dictatorships in Africa.
Persecution is the most severe in the Middle East, communist nations, and countries where Christians are a minority.
One of the least appreciated consequences of this transformation is the resumption of a type of persecution that would have been unthinkable a hundred years ago: namely, the persecutions of Christians.
www.bible-prophecy.com /persecution2.htm   (7943 words)

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