It is obvious that you and I have a fundamental disagreement about the criteria for justifiable homicide. This severly limits the scope of useful further discussion between us. We have each had our say, and there the matter will rest.
Sorry but i was not arguing that homicide was justifiable.
I was arguing that the persecution of the early christians was quite possibly real and historical. That does not justify their own behaviour but it provides a more sympathetic rationale for it.. Human nature is what it is. Followers of christ SHOULD do and act better but comparatively few ever have.
My point was that the christians acted not because of propaganda but because of their understanding of how early christians had been treated, and it is more than conceivable that those persecutions were very real.
While their behaviour was wrong by our standards (but very normal by the standards of the day) it is important to get right their motivations. To do something from genuine hurt, fear, "revenge" or retribution etc. is a different motivation from doing something for a reason you know is a lie just to get rid of your enemies. Not any more right, but different .
In any case, whatever motivations there were, society was very different at the time Criminals and others were put to death in stadia or on public display. Moralities ethics and justice were different for ALL; christians and others.
I suspect that, as up until quite recently, biblical teachings/interpretations back then, streched more towards justice and punishmnent than mercy and forgiveness. But so did secular law and attitude.
I assume you mean homicide in the sense of illegal killing. Until last century capital punishment was the norm throughout the world for many crimes. In some countries it still is.
I DO believe that capital punishment, within a democratic society offering good legal procedures, is a form of justifiable homicide i appreciate many others disagree. My views are based on long standing philosophical, ethical and moral, considerations without any 'taint" of religious belief informing them.
Christians are no more "entitled" to execute or persecute others on the basis of their beliefs than any other human is. Arguably they should be LESS inclined to do so, even while "rendering unto Caesar that which is Caesars" (and law,, order and punishment is and should be the role of government not religion.)