Persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire
When the Christians refused to believe in the Roman gods, the angered Romans started persecuting them. The Romans made the Christians fight lions, fed to wild animals, crucified and blamed them for the burning of the city. The Romans thought they were cannibalistic because of the bread and wine representing the body and blood of Christ.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Roman Catholic Church gained all the power. Everyone had to listen to the church and not question it. Those who did question or not believe what the church said were excommunicated or were said to go to hell. The pope was believed to be a direct link to God.
During the Protestant Reformation the church becomes corrupt. Martin Luther, a monk from Germany, is angered at the church's worry for worldly riches. Using the printing press, he wrote the 95 Theses and posted it on the church in common language for everyone to read. People stopped listening to the church and began questioning it.