This is the information that needs to be sent to every Christian on Earth
Thanks for that Miata. Well it does balance somewhat the usual story of how the nasty old Pagans were so unjust to the Christians. It is also worth pointing out how the Christians behaved once they became the top dogs (essentially because Emperor Constantine made it fashionable after he converted. He did so after having a dream or vision of some sort in which he was told he would win a battle against a rival for the emperorship if his soldiers fought with a Christian symbol as their emblem - and he did. He wasn't actually baptised till his deathbed though, probably to make sure he benefitted fully from the way it is meant to wash away sin...). ie People who continued to practice Paganism were executed and all their temples, statues and sacred groves etc were destroyed.
It is also worth pointing out that some of the early Christians almost WANTED to die because they thought as martyrs they were guarenteed to go to Heaven. Look at this quote from St Ignatius, on his way to be executed in Rome and writing to Roman Christians not to bother pleading for his release.
''I am writing to all the churches to let it be known that I will gladly die for God if only you do not stand in my way. I plead with you: show me no untimely kindness. Let me be food for the wild beasts, for they are my way to God.
I am God's wheat and bread. Pray to Christ for me that the animals will be the means of making me a sacrificial victim for God.
No earthly pleasures, no kingdoms of this world can benefit me in any way. I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthest limits of the earth. He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest. He who rose for our sakes is my one desire.
The prince of this world is determined to lay hold of me and to undermine my will which is intent on God. Let none of you here help him; instead show yourselves on my side, which is also God's side. Believe instead what I am now writing to you. For though I am alive as I write to you, still my real desire is to die. My love of this life has been crucified, and there is no yearning in my for any earthly thing. Rather within me is the living water which says deep inside me: "Come to the Father." I no longer take pleasure in perishable food or in the delights of this world I want only God's bread, which is the flesh of Jesus Christ, formed from the seed of David, and for drink I crave his blood, which is love that cannot perish.
Pray for me that I may obtain my desire. I have not written to you as a mere man would, but as one who knows the mind of God.
from a letter to the Romans from Saint Ignatius of Antioch ''