Chapter 6 Early Christianity
1. Are there any connections between Jesus' teachings and the teachings of the Hebrew prophets of the Old Testament? (see chapter on Hebrew civilization)
There are no connections, the prophets believed God was revengeful and thought god didn’t believe in life after death. Jesus told his followers that there is eternal life in his kingdom and offered a reason for living in hope of personal immortality.
2. Briefly describe Jesus' cardinal or main points of his moral teachings
People had to eliminate their base, lustful, hostile, and selfish feelings. They had to have the need to purify their hearts and show love to God.
3. The ancient Hebrews placed great emphasis on observing the Mosaic Laws and had a stern conception of God and His will. How did Jesus' message change this view with a different emphasis?
God had the 10 commandments to love thy neighbor and thy self.
4. Briefly explain the conflict that arose between Jesus' message and the Pharisees' practice of Judaism.
The Pharisees were the rigorists in religion and in politics. They wanted the mosaic law to be put into strict observances.
5. What did St. Paul do to spread Christianity to the gentiles across the Roman Empire?
He preached and said that Christ message was for the Jews and Genitles that Jesus suffered and died for our sins, God revealed himself to mankind.
6. Why was Christianity appealing to many in the Greco-Roman Empire?
Because the people who are suffering were able to find love and loyalty. It offered the comfort they needed in their hard times.
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