Fighters against the Bible fail consistently.

The Roman emperor Diocletian (284-305) issued four edicts against Christianity: 

  • Church buildings to be destroyed. 
  • Confiscation of all Christian books which included the Bible. 
  • Dismissal of Christians from the government and army.
  • Imprisonment of the clergy.  1,2

A further edict in 304 ordered all Christians to sacrifice to the pagan gods.  The Church suffered greatly.  Now, almost 1,700 years later, there are still governments and heads of nations that persecute Christians.  One of the worlds biggest superpowers are very busy with it.  Many other nations engage in this anti-God war.  That does not include the various persecutions between the time of Diocletian and our ‘modern’ world.  Yet they could not succeed, because, 

‘All men are like grass, and all their glory like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.’  1 Peter 2:24a-25

‘The Diocletianic Persecution (303–312), the empire’s last, largest, and bloodiest official persecution of Christianity, failed to eliminate Christianity in the empire….’  1

Diocletian has been dead for many years.  But he, together with the leaders and kings who tried and will try to destroy God’s Word will learn, 

“The kings of the earth take their stand, and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against His Anointed One.  ‘Let us break their chains,’ they say, ‘and throw off their fetters.’  Psalm 2:2-3

That was written around 1,300 years before Diocletian began his war against God.  No war against God and His Church will ever succeed.  God is eternal,  

‘… praise the Lord your God; who is from everlasting to everlasting.’  Nehemiah 9:5b

God and His miraculous Word are eternal.  What a comfort!

References

  1. Diocletian, Wikipedia.  
  2. The History of Christianity, Dr Tim Dowley et all, Struik Christian Books, 1977, p 78,79

Author: Gerard and Alida

As you can see in the photo, there are two of us. We live and work together 24/7, studying and enjoying our grandchildren. Our passion is to know and understand what will happen after death. Is there a way to provide for and invest in that?

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