“And I say to you, my friends: Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will shew you whom ye shall fear: fear ye him who, after he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell. Yea, I say to you, fear him.” (Luke 12:4-5)
“The Christians were at once the objects of hatred and contempt [by the populace of the Roman Empire]. Because they were intolerant of all other religions, because they either denied outright the existence of heathen deities or regarded them as evil spirits whose worship was the greatest sacrilege and treason to the true God – they were called narrow-minded bigots…” (Fr. Laux, Church History, p. 44)
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