While reading through the book of Acts I always stopped to wonder at the boldness of the witnesses in light of persecution. Paying attention to the background I realized I was peeking into the origins of much of our government today. The Roman system was advanced for its day, but like ours still very primitive. Two accounts from many, point that out: Acts 18:12-17 and the other, Acts 22:21-30. Two thousand years and we have not advanced an inch. I guess we have the most perfect system mankind can make.