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Chapter 6: Evidences That Demand A Verdict - Accepting martyrdom for the sake of the crucified Christ

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3. Accepting martyrdom for the sake of the crucified Christ.

The book of Acts tells us of the martyrdom of Stephen, one of the seven chosen deacons (Acts 7:54-60) and of James, one of the apostles (Acts 12:1,2).

History tells us that Paul and Peter were martyred upon the command of the emperor Nero.

The Christians of the early centuries lived in the catacombs in Rome and suffered torture and death by fierce lions at the Coliseum.

During the reign of emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (AD 162-180) Polycarp was martyred.

Polycarp, who was a student of the apostle John and the overseer of the church in Smyrna, heard that soldiers were looking for him and tried to escape but was discovered by a child. After feeding the guards who captured him, he asked for an hour in prayer, which they gave him. He prayed with such fervency, that his guards said they were sorry that they were the ones who captured him. Nevertheless, he was taken before the governor and condemned to be burned in the market place.

After his sentence was given, the governor said to him, "Reproach Christ and I will release you."

Polycarp answered, "Eighty-six years I have served him, and he never once wronged me. How then shall I blaspheme my King who has saved me?"

In the market place, he was tied to the stake rather than nailed, as was the usual custom, because he assured them he would stand immovable in the flames and not fight them. As the dry sticks placed around him were lit, the flames rose up and circled his body without touching him. The executioner was then ordered to pierce him with a sword. When he did, a great quantity of blood gushed out and put out the fire. Although his Christian friends asked to be given his body as it was so they could bury him, the enemies of the Gospel insisted that it be burned in the fire, which was done (The New Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, page 16,17).

All those were martyred for their belief in the crucified and risen Christ.

No one will die for what he believes to be a lie.

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-1 #9 Peter K 2017-09-05 13:38
Muslims insult Jesus all the time by saying he was just a prophet and that he is not God. Then Muslims insult Christians by saying that the Gospels have been changed. Now that shows that Muslims do not believe that our God is Almighty. As our Almighty God will with ease ensure that no simple human can change his word. So Muslims are blasphemers as well. I wonder how they explain that on Judgement day.
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+3 #8 Neeraj 2017-08-23 07:52
Jesus Christ is One & Only Real God
Amen
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+2 #7 cheryl Baghernejad 2017-06-03 09:45
James 2 You believe there is one God.Good! Even the demons believe that-and shudder.
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+3 #6 Dawn King 2016-07-26 19:23
And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14

If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book. Revelation 22:18
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+5 #5 Karaz Bishara 2015-09-15 23:16
"But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."
Galatians 1:8
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-6 #4 Adam Hassan 2015-08-25 14:40
"And We have sent down to you the Book in truth, confirming the Scripture that came before it and rectifying it. So judge between them by what Allah has revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging away from the truth that has come to you..."
[al-Qur'aan, Surat al-Maa'idah, 5:48]

May Allah guide those of you who are sincere to the truth.
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+20 #3 Eliana 2014-11-17 13:16
For your own sake please read SEEKING ALLAH FOUND JESUS. The new Testament was written by Peter, Paul, John, James, followers of Jesus says this research... written 30 years after Jesus Crucifiction. Q'ran was written 200 years after Mohammed's death and 800 years after Jesus's crucifiction. May God turn you to him and His truth. Your religion is false. Mohammed was a general social and military reformer who heard of the religion of the Jews and Christians. When Islam is defeated and Jesus rdturns in Glory, I hope to see you among those greeting Him. Please turn to the one and true God and turn away from Satan. God truly loves you and please for God research and accept Jesus as the true Messiah Ashua that He is. Amen.
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#2 Karaz Bishara 2014-10-23 22:09
Sara,
We do not believe that God had a son, either! Jesus is called the "Son of God" because it shows exactly what and who He is like - God Himself. Arabs are called "Sons of the Desert" but we all know the desert did not get married to a woman and birth a race of people. Just as "son of the desert" identifies what a desert-dweller looks like, acts like, etc... so "Son of God" identifies Jesus Christ as being the very image and picture of God. Read the words of Jesus in the Injeel or New Testament of the Bible and you will see that Jesus says He and the Father (God) are ONE - He is saying that He is, in fact, God! You can find this in John chapter 14. As a last note, we do not worship idols and we believe that salvation is for every person on the whole earth!
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-6 #1 Sara 2013-10-01 04:46
haha! What a highly un-nuanced article. I was reading everything nicely, until the beating of the wives made me laugh out loud. I beg to differ with you sir. Islam did bring something new to the table. The pristine, pure monotheism, open to all of humanity, that cannot be found in other faiths today (we do not believe God had a son, or is an idol or that religion is exclusive to a chosen few).

And you did in fact misquote the Quran, in your interpretation. But let me ask you this - why would Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), who was also an illiterate man, admonish himself in his own book? No! He did not! This verse has an "if" clause, and is hypothetical. Read the context.

And yes, I do encourage your readers to read about Islam and make their own judgments. As for me, I cannot read more about your faith, because of the way you describe mine. I would never do that to yours. And may God guide us all to knowledge.
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