In the early part of the second century, Irenaus, Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, had his hands full. Christians were being tortured and fed to the lions. The faithful had been scattered to the four winds by the violent Roman reprisals to the Jewish revolt of 66 AD. Jerusalem had been sacked, Solomon’s Temple destroyed and the Jews, amongst them many early Christians, were being hunted down and exterminated, sometimes whole villages at a time. James had been stoned in Jerusalem, Paul had been beheaded and Peter had been crucified.
POSTED ON: March 16, 2016, 4:20 pm BY Ross Bishop