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Dream revelation

  The Roman Empire, one of the most powerful in European history, was originally a country that believed in many gods. Beginning with Nero, the rulers of Rome have continued to suppress monotheistic Christianity, and persecution of Christians has occurred from time to time. However, the ruler of the heyday of the Roman Empire, Constantine the Great, changed his predecessors’ style and converted to Christianity, becoming the first monarch in history to believe in Christianity. The “Edict of Milan” jointly promulgated by him and Emperor Licinius declared the legitimacy of Christianity and ushered in a new era of Christian development. From then on, the people of the Roman Empire had a new Pope, and Christianity immediately became the only legal religion in the Roman Empire. Other denominations were declared heretics and ceased to be active. However, many people do not know that Emperor Constantine’s conversion to Christianity, a major event affecting the history of human civilization, actually originated from his wonderful dream.
  Christian theologian and church historian Eusebius told this amazing story in his book The Life of Constantine.
  In October 312, Constantine marched towards Rome with 40,000 Gallic soldiers. Trampled by soldiers’ leather boots, the Flaminian Avenue leading to Rome was dusty. Constantine fought in this battle to eliminate the confidant, Maxentius. In AD 305, Diocletian and Maximian abdicated together, and Galerius and Constantius succeeded respectively as East and West Augustus. After the death of Constantius, the army chose Constantine as his successor. And right now. Maximian’s son Maxentius sent troops to occupy Italy, calling himself “Caesar”. For Constantine to complete the great cause of unification, he must conquer Rome and destroy Maxentius.
  The wide Tiber River surrounds the city of Rome like a ribbon and becomes a natural barrier for Rome. Constantine’s army can only cross the river through the Milvia Bridge. Looking at the enemy on the other side and the impenetrable eternal city of Rome, Constantine was full of worry, worried that he was making a foolhardy gamble about the future. He stood on the field with the bleak autumn wind, looking at the sunset sky, and suddenly, an incredible scene happened. Constantine himself told Eusebius about the scene: that afternoon, as the sun was setting, Constantine saw with his own eyes a gleaming cross-shaped thing appearing in the sky, twinkling. above the sun. There is also a line of words engraved on it – “win with this”. The soldiers saw the scene and witnessed the miracle, and they were as amazed as he was. Constantine did not quite understand the meaning of this phenomenon, and was puzzled by it. At night, Constantine tossed and turned, unable to sleep for a long time. Between being half asleep, he entered a strange dream, and Christ appeared and showed the mark he had seen in the sky, telling him that if he adopted this mark as the symbol of his army, he would be in war with the enemy. be blessed. Early the next morning, he told his friends about the dream, and then summoned gold and stone craftsmen to describe to them the pattern he had seen, and let them make the pattern out of gold and stone – Eusebius Spencer was fortunate enough to have seen the mark. There is a cross on the mark, and in the middle of the cross are the letters “X” and “P”, which are the first two letters of the name of Christ in Greek. Constantine then ordered this mark to be printed on the helmets and shields of himself and all his soldiers.
  What could be more uplifting in the military than a visible manifestation of Christ? Soldiers were inspired and morale was high. In the ensuing battle, the enemy was easily suppressed by them in the unfavorable terrain of the Tiber Valley, and gradually began to retreat. On the west bank of the Tiber, Maxentius discovered this dangerous situation, and decided to concentrate his entire army on the east bank, where the terrain was more open, and ordered his men to build a pontoon bridge over the river. But just after the pontoon bridge was completed, before Maxentius himself could cross the river, deserters who had lost their fighting spirit rushed up, and the bridge collapsed. Unable to swim because of his heavy armor, Maxentius drowned in the rapids of the Tiber along with thousands of his men. Constantine won a great victory and successfully entered the city of Rome, becoming a veritable western “Augustus”. He attributed this crucial victory to Christ’s guidance in a dream, so he decided to take Christianity as his faith and convert to Christianity.
  After the conversion, Constantine took a series of measures to support Christianity. Christianity changed its suppressed status and entered a period of prosperity and development. In the best-selling book “100 Emperors Who Influenced Human History”, Constantine ranked first, on the grounds that “since then, as we know Christianity today, the founder is no longer AD 1 Jesus Christ in the 4th century AD, but Constantine the Great in the 4th century AD”. This shows the great contribution of Constantine in the history of Christianity. Although Constantine’s conversion had nothing to do with the need for political struggle, the public’s distrust of the original Pope in Rome, and the influence of the family. But this strange dream really played a decisive role. A strange dream actually changed the fate of Constantine and Christianity, and it also rewrote the history of the church and civilization in Europe. In the course of history, some unimaginable things often occur, and strangely change the direction of historical development. If these accidental events did not occur, what would the history of today look like? However, history is the past and cannot be assumed. We can only ponder and think about what is controlling the course of history in the past.

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