Thursday, April 23, 2015
Why Did Churches Grow So Rapidly? 2
From the time of the resurrection until Constantine made Christianity the official religion, was about 350 years. Most scholars estimate that there were over 30 million Christians in the Empire at that time and Constantine made it the state religion because it was a wise political decision.
If those numbers are correct, it means that Christianity grew at the rate of some 40% per decade. What did they do to impact so many people so fast? The growth happened despite severe persecution.
Did they devise a new evangelism program? Was there mass revival meetings with thousands of converts?
After Constantine, the rapid growth stopped. WHY?