Friday, February 05, 2016

"there were dwelling at Jerusalem" - Christianity Effected the Collapse of the Roman Empire

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Christianity Effected the Collapse of 
the Roman Empire

After the collapse of the Roman Empire, Christianity survived.  But why?

Christianity had been adopted as state religion by Rome about a century before the collapse of the Roman Empire in the late 5th century.  But, it did not save the Empire from the fatal collapse.  It looked strange that Christ Jesus, from the spiritual world, would not rather save the Empire.

On the contrary, we have to think that Christianity accelerated the collapse of the  Western Roman Empire.  To further promote Christianity among people, the Empire must have collapsed at the time.  Indeed, as a fact, after the collapse of the Empire, the Middle Ages began in Western Europe where Christianity or the Vatican came to have strong influence and social power comparable to Rome in the era of the Empire.

In this context, we have to conclude that the decisive factor of the collapse of the Western Roman Empire is Christianity.

Probably, learning the Bible and the words of Christ Jesus, Romans came to less cruel and bellicose.  Such an influence must have been crucial for the Roman military that had bolstered the Empire.  Under an influence of Christianity, the Roman military must have come to opt peaceful means when dealing with outside tribes.  The occupation by Romans of the vast territory of the empire must have become more conciliatory.  It is thought that Romans came to accept other tribes more in the territory of the Empire and respect independent movements of them.  The more they learnt Christianity, the softer they became to their enemies.

In a series of invasion by other tribes and groups of non-Roman people in the 5th century, the Empire lost control over its vast territory.    

However, the Empire was an administrative system centered around Rome, which was supported by the military.  If the Empire collapsed, only such a system vanished.  People's living must not have been so severely damaged.  Even people around Rome could survive without the social system centered around Rome.  Indeed, in the Middle Ages and after, Italy was prosperous.  Italian people might have become more prosperous than in the era of the Roman Empire.

In other words, Roman soldiers had been more cruel before Christianity became the state religion of the Roman Empire.  But they became a little peace-loving due to the influence of Christianity after Christianity was officially recognized by Rome.  But that change, no matter how subtle it might be, had a huge influence on its state of occupation of the vast territory.  Peace-loving Romans could not sustain their Empire in a cruel manner which was necessity for securing safety and dominance of Romans.  Inevitably, the Empire was fatally invaded and its military could not win wars against invading forces.

Now, today, does Christ Jesus want the Western countries, consisting mostly of Christian nations, to be more peace-loving to collapse, so that His words should spread more?  In this case, He would allow for establishment of another Christianity.

When Christ Jesus comes to the world again, He might abolish old Christianity and set up another religion, very naturally.  

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Act 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
Act 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Act 2:5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.