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Depends on the colony - Maryland was most assuredly a refuge for Catholics. Pennsylvania was explicitly for Quakers under William Penn. Massachusetts was founded by Puritans & Baptists who had already escaped once to Holland. The Mayflower Compact (linked above) was an explicitly religious document signed by members of a wayward sect who trying to get ...


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I think you've missed some key points in your imagined scenario. It wasn't "a simple message of love" spread by a few ordinary fisherman. Jesus wasn't some hippie revolutionary who got a bunch of followers to parade around telling everybody they should just love each other. What made Christianity appealing was that it was true. This would have been much ...


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No. Christians who live under the authority of a government that outlaws Christianity would not be resisting God by refusing to abandon their faith. One might imagine that the right thing to do is to obey such laws, perhaps crossing the border to go to church. This is not the case. Authority exercised against the common good is authority that has broken down ...


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The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King (a Christian pastor) had to face just this sort of quandry - what do with an unjust law. In the question posed above, the unjust law would be to not worship God. In the case of the Civil Rights Era, it was to comply with laws that explicit deviated from what God told the prophets. In what in this situation that he wrote ...


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There are teachings by our Savior on this subject. I will give them to you and try to show you how they apply to your question. All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation Matthew 7:1 and 2 Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. ...


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Negative impressions about red haired people have been around for a very long time in one form or another. It's not a uniquely Christian phenomenon. There is certainly no Biblical basis for such beliefs. There is some evidence that, during the Medieval period in Europe, red hair was sometimes seen as a sign that the person was a witch or a vampire, but as ...


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If the persecution of Christians is the sign of the end times, the world would have ended 1600 years ago, during the great persecution of Christians by the Roman Empire. There are, of course, many Christians who believe that there will be the last and sever persecution of Christians. It is believed that the Anti-Christ will be the source of persecution. ...


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The book Acts tells about the disciples spreading the Gospel often in the face of opposition from various groups including government bodies. In chapter 4 of that book, Peter and John are brought before the Council and forbidden from spreading word of Jesus. Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were ...


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The idea of the ICTHUS (or Christian fish) symbol was an early example of this. It wasn't pointless, as it was used to identify each other in a society where persecution of Christians was extremely common. One person would draw one arc of the fish, probably in the dirt, and another would draw the other if they were a Christian as well. This wasn't done ...


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I don't think any serious, honest historian would deny that people seeking religious freedom were an important component of the early settlers. Whether they were "most" is probably unanswerable. I don't think anyone took a survey at the time asking, "Are you coming here for religious reasons?" so they could then carefully tabulate 52% yes, 48% no or ...



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