A belief I hadn't come across until today: Covid is part of the persecution of Christians.
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What evidence do we have of Paul's persecution of Christians prior to his conversion? Is it plausible the severity of the persecution has been embellished?

I'm curious about Paul. As a casual observer, he seems like a highly dramatic guy; charismatic and always attempting to persuade. He's trying to convince people.

It seems like, along with his spectacular Road to Damascus conversion story, it might have been useful to the persuasiveness of his arguments if he exaggerated how opposed he was to Christianity prior to his conversion.

I've noticed this as a tactic in our timeβ€”preachers and evangelists will sometimes emphasize how bad and anti-Christian they were prior to "finding Jesus." It seems to serve as an effort to (a) relate to an audience and (b) create a logical inclusiveness to their offer; "if I, the worst sinner and most hardened atheist of all can be forgiven, then obviously you can be too!" (To be fair, I think atheists who have deconverted also use this tactic and emphasize how sincere a Christian they were. And this tactic likely exists outside of religion.)

Anyway, it seems like a universal tactic, but I don't want to be anachronistic in assuming this sort of thing would aid the persuasiveness of an argument in the historical context of Paul. Maybe, somewhat like today in politics, it was considered "flip-flopping" to change your religion, and it damaged your reputation?

Any thoughts?

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Are there recorded instances of pagans treating early Christians with kindness in the midst of their persecution/marginalization by the Roman authorities?
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Do we have examples of pagans aiding Christians in their persecution under the Roman authorities?

Were there pagans who, for instance, defended the rights of Christians, or supplied them with food, shelter, etc., but did not themselves convert to Christianity? How did early Christians react to this kind of treatment?

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San Francisco Giants pitcher explains refusal to kneel for Black Lives: β€œI’m a Christian” | Hemant: "he decided the simple gesture was actually an act of Christian Persecution, as if Major League Baseball wanted him to violate his religious freedom. The selfishness right there is unbelievable." friendlyatheist.patheos.c…
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@tedcruz: From their ongoing genocide of Uighur Muslims to forcing Christians to renounce their faith, the persecution of religious minorities across China is yet another reminder about the depravity of the Chinese Communist Party. https://t.co/z28iSrtPPQ mobile.twitter.com/tedcru…
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tedcruz: From their ongoing genocide of Uighur Muslims to forcing Christians to renounce their faith, the persecution of religious minorities across China is yet another reminder about the depravity of the Chinese Communist Party. https://t.co/z28iSrtPPQ mobile.twitter.com/tedcru…
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i have no clue who this guy is but i have heard plenty of Christians claiming that basic safty measures such as mask mandates are "leading to the end times" and "Christian Persecution"
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Rahat Austin, a lawyer and activist who now lives in South Korea(ex pakistani) was stabbed today by a fanatic shouting "Allahu Akbar". He daily reports persecution of christians, hindus and sikhs of Paxtan on twitter. v.redd.it/n0krl47n3j961
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Do we have examples of pagans aiding Christians during their persecution under Roman authorities?

Did pagans, for instance, defend the rights of Christians or supply them with food in prison? How did early Christians react to positive treatment from religious outsiders?

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Follow me on Twitter for Stories of Christian Persecution from around the world. twitter.com/IndiaTrumpet
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A story of Portland protesters burning Bibles was a successful disinformation campaign by Russia. The fake news was amplified by religious conservatives, conservative media outlets, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump Jr who all cried Christian persecution to the glee of their supporters. nytimes.com/2020/08/11/us…
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"Rule of Law" a Hollow Cry After Christian Porter's Serially Breaches The Law Himself, on Top of Persecution of Witness K & Bernard Collaery. Analysis By.

"Rule of Law" a hollow cry after Christian Porter's serially breaches the law himself, on top of persecution of Witness K & Bernard Collaery. Analysis by. And there is RoboDebt in defiance of the "Rule of Law"...... MORE -> https://wninp.com/rule-of-law

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[Palki Sharma] India asks UN to take a stand against Hinduphobia & attacks on Sikhism & Buddhism. India's First Secy to UN Ashish Sharma says resolutions focus on anti-Semitism, Islamaphobia & anti-Christian acts, no mention of persecution of followers of Indic religions. "Why is this selectivity?” twitter.com/palkisu/statu…
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TIL of Ukon Takayama, a Christian Japanese Daimyo / Feudal Lord fled religious persecution in Japan, lived in the Philippines and upon his death was beatified as "The Samurai of Christ". There's statues of him in UST and Plaza Dilao. ust.edu.ph/blessed-takaya…
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o no trying to limit the spread of a deadly virus is "christian persecution"
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State Department Office Sees Last-Minute Surge of New Evangelical Appointees. Graduates of a Christian college swell the ranks of State’s global criminal justice office, shifting the focus from war crimes to religious persecution. foreignpolicy.com/2021/01…
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