We’ve all heard the stories about the blood-thirsty Romans holding huge sporting events where poor defenseless Christians were throw to the hungry lions. The stories are somewhat true but the Romans did not reserve this spectacle for Christians only.
It seems that the Romans, a polytheistic society, welcomed the early Christians, allowing the continuance of the Christian monotheism with the only request that the Christians honor the religions of the Romans. Christians, as you might imagine, refused and were sufficiently recalcitrant to have the Roman government consider the Christians to be a subversive organization rebelling against the culture and religion of Rome.
This is where the lions and tigers and bears came in.
The latest double issue of Newsweek (dated 01-06-2015) contains some interesting facts about the Bible and the Bible’s unassailable adherents, especially in the United States. Although Newsweek presents better and more up-to-date evidence for issues that have (for some) been common knowledge for years, it’s still refreshing to see a major publication validating (yet again) your own understanding and belief.