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“Rome recognized various national traditions and legalized them as subordinate aspects of imperial law.  Christian family life, however, respectful of Roman law, moved clearly in terms of a law claiming priority  to Rome and, indeed, granting tolerance by way of commanding obedience to it (Rom. 13).  Christian could defend their position as an obedient, law abiding people, but their defense was obviously false [Editor’s not: to the Romans].  Rome claim the right to establish the gods and religions, but the Christians obeyed because they declared their God had established Rome and commanded obedience to civil authorities.  A more direct assault on the fundamental principle of Roman law is hard to imagine.  Whether the God of the Christians commanded obedience or rebellion, the principle of the priority of His law, and His right to ordain and to recognize, was clearly treasonable, and many emperors felt that persecution for oblieration was necessary in order to remove this threat to their power and position.” (Rousas John Rushdoony, The One and the Many, 134)

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