Friday, June 5, 2009
As a consequence of professing their faith, early Christians were persecuted mostly during the Roman Empire and were often tortured to death for maintaining his or her religious belief. Many deaths were inspirational for other people and increased the fame of the Catholic religion, although several of these stories are unhistorical and are purely legendary. Meet ten of the most excruciating martyrdoms of early christianity...
1. Saint Hippolytus: torn apart by horses
2. Saint Ignatius Of Antioch: sentenced to be eaten by lions at the Coliseum
3. Saint Lawrence: grilled and toasted alive
4. Saint Agatha of Sicily: had her breasts cut off
You can read the stories and the rest here.
-Would you really, I mean really die for what you say you believe as it relates to your world view?
-If you are not a Christian, how do historical Christian martyrs effect your understanding on Christianity?
-If you are a Christian, how do things such as this effect your faith? Does it strengthen it or cause you to shrink back?
-Why do you think suffering plays an integral part in the Christian faith?
-Is persecution still alive and well today?