Sample Religious Paper on The Acts of Apostles

The Acts of Apostles

Though the recipients of the gospel in the first century had challenges before they accepted the message of Jesus, they had a cultural practice of sharing what they had and living together. We see this issue right from the second chapter where the Holy Spirit met these people in the upper room together. We also see this issue with Mark’s mother and other people in the same book that hosted fellow Christians whenever they visited their places or whenever they became Christians. Indeed, it seems like it was a cultural practice for these people to live together whenever they accepted the message of Jesus. Chapter five of the book demonstrates that these people shared whatever they had with one another (Hamm, 2005). Ananias and Sapphira demonstrated it even though they partially fulfilled their promise.

During this period, political influence was so great that it influenced greatly the spread of the gospel. We see in chapter twelve King Herod seizing and killing James because it pleased the people. The king also sought to kill Peter, but he did not manage to do it because the church prayed for Peter. Religiously, the high priests and other people that opposed the spread of the gospel persecuted the disciples of Jesus together with their followers. These people imprisoned the disciples of Jesus, and in most cases, accused them of preaching against the Laws of Moses. Socially, some people were opposed to the spread of the gospel because it affected their social and economic lives (Peterson, 2009). We see this in chapter nineteen where Demetrius opposed the spread of the gospel because it had negative effects on his business. In general, the political, social, and religious influences in the first century affected negatively the spread of the gospel.

 

 

References

Hamm, M. (2005). The Acts of the Apostles. Collegeville, Minn: Liturgical Press.

Peterson, D. (2009). The Acts of the Apostles. Grand Rapids, Mich: William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co.