Tuesday, January 05, 2016

"THERE was in the days of Herod" - Christianity Caused the Fall of the Roman Empire

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Christianity Caused the Fall of the Roman Empire

There are many theories on why the Western Roman Empire fell.

I think that it is due to Christianity that Romans lost their Empire.  It is because though the Empire adopted Christianity as its state religion, the teaching of Christianity was clearly against the philosophy, the world view, and the view on human beings of Romans.  It is as if the hard basement of a great building were replaced with something soft.

The Christian Roman Empire could not keep integrity of the great empire that had been built on a totally different view on the world and human beings.  Christian Roman citizens must have come to doubt the cause for the presence of the Empire.  They must have lost passion and eagerness to maintain it at any costs facing invasion by barbarians, climate changes, etc.

The Roman Empire was built on swords.  The Empire was a military state.  The sole great business is its military.  Roman soldiers killed mercilessly barbarians who did not yield and follow Rome.  Christianity worked as a great obstacle to such behaviors.  

Due to Christianity, Roman soldiers must have become more merciful to their enemies.  Accordingly, the Empire came to lose ability to occupy, control, and govern different ethnic groups in a cruel manner.  Barbarians must have seen Romans taking no more harsh policies against them, so that they came to revolt against Rome more boldly.  The reign of the Roman military got weakened and unable to suppress insurgents in the vast territory of the Empire.

So, the Western Roman Empire fell in the late 5th century, a century after its adoption of Christianity as its state religion.

However, rather due to Christianity, the Eastern Empire survived till the 15th century.  Indeed, without this survival of the Christian Empire, most of Europe might have been conquered by Muslims.

The history truly belongs to God.

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Luk 1:5 THERE was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
Luk 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.