Joseph Caiaphas ruled as high priest for nearly two decades, and other family members would reign for most of the century. He was a smart man. He wanted Jesus dead."It was the nineteenth year of Diocletian's reign [AD 303] and the month Dystrus, called March by the Romans, and the festival of the Saviour's Passion was approaching, when an imperial decree was published everywhere, ordering the churches to be razed to the ground and the Scriptures destroyed by fire, and giving notice that those in places of honour would lose their places, and domestic staff, if they continued to profess Christianity, would be deprived of their liberty. Such was the first edict against us. Soon afterwards other decrees arrived in rapid succession, ordering that the presidents of the churches in every place should all be first committed to prison and then coerced by every possible means into offering sacrifice
But Diocletian was not a cruel man. He was an autodidact, a world system thinker, and a genius. He separated the Roman foreign policy system into what we would call a "Department of Defense" and a "Department of State. He further subdivided DOD into an "Army" and "National Guard." He defined a system of executive political appointees that would allow for Constitutional succession of Emperors for the first time in history. When his economic reforms caused rapid inflation, he changed them so they wouldn't. Diocletian was a very intelligent man able to learn from mistakes. Diocletian was smart man. He wanted Christians dead.
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Another way to see this is that the Romans believed that religions should be state cults. Want to found temples to some crazy god? No problem as long as you worship the Emperor too. Christians did not believe the Church was under the State. As The Apostle wrote
These men may not have "known" why, but Caiaphas and Diocletian had a fingerspitzengefhl a gut feeling that something was wrong with Christianity. Interrogating witnesses who had heard Christ, Joseph Caiaphas saw a threat that could destroy his nation. The Emperor Diocletian saw a force that could destroy his Empire.
To the Romans, this was a nightmare. Christianity was a giant moral isolation attack against the Roman elite, making their women, children, and slaves see themselves as Christians first, dependents second.
Douglas Adams began his epic by saying people didn't want to be kind
Caiaphas and Diocletian Did Know Better
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was seen to prove Socrates virtue, because he submitted to an unjust execution.
The Empire believed in a steep vertical world. Romans believed that the State ruled men, that men ruled their families, and that this relationship was decided by virtue. Women, children, and slaves were without virtue. They were naturally property of the pater familias the father of the family to do with as he pleased. And just as the pater familias has life and death power over his dependents, the State had life and death power of its citizens. Socrates execution of Athens Nike Air Max 95 Ultra Black
Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, "You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish."
Joseph Caiaphas, Hellenized Jew, Roman political appointee, and High Priest of the Temple for 18 years, to his fellow priests.
pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.
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Surely it was because of these outrageous claims that the leaders of the Jewish community succeeded in having Jesus killed. His real claims struck at the heart of their religion, the identity of their nation.
opponents were. But Caiaphas was wise and far sighted. Diocletian was one of the greatest Emperors in history. Why did they make their decisions?
This is why Christianity had to wait until the Empire was weak to become the State Religion. Christianity would never oppose the state that much is clear from its strategy of co option. But Christianity could only become an energizing force for the State if the State recognized the instrinsic value of every human life. Air Max 2013 Red
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