I was sitting on the beach a while back discussing (as much as we could) the history of Christianity with a friend, and we came to the topic of early Christians that were persecuted for their beliefs.  I started to wonder how we could compare the hardships they faced with the contemporary Christians.  Please let me explain before freaking out on me...

The early Christians suffered horrible persecutions, that is well known... death threats, torture, and death itself... however, compare the unblinking faith these Christians had to those alive today:

We have endless doubt without immediate answers.  We have the noises and distractions of the modern world.  We have the tainted history of our belief system.  We have television, the media, cell phones, electricity, the endless barrage of the physical overpowering the emotional, the effects of capitalism/globalization. Fundamentalists within every religion  tainting the meaning of our faith... the list goes on...

My question is this... Is it more debasing to Christian beliefs to face these contemporary attack trying to prove how the world lacks God and Love than it was to face the physical threats of old?  Consider as well the faith was fresh and untainted at that time...