The Apostle Paul, one of the most influential Christians of all time, converted to Christianity on the side of a road on the way to Damascus, where he was traveling to persecute Christians. Jesus came to him and blinded him, asking "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"-Acts 9:4. He then was blinded for the next few days until the blindness was cured by a Christian in Damascus and Saul's name was changed to Paul. Paul proceeded to spread the message of Jesus all over the empire, even taking it to Rome itself. Paul was arrested and jailed numerous times, but when he was jailed he proceeded to write letters to churches that now make up the bulk of the new testament. Paul was eventually executed by emperor Nero in 67 A.D.