Sunday, September 29, 2013

People who died for their faith

Many people have shown tremendous courage to stand up for their beliefs - even at the cost of their lives. These are some people who died for their faith or their belief.

Thomas A Beckett (1118-70) - Archbishop of Canterbury who infuriated King Henry II by placing the Church above the King. Beckett was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral on the indirect orders of the King.
Thomas More (1478 - 1535) Leading servant to King Henry VIII - Eventually beheaded for his refusal to accept Henry VIII's rejection of the Catholic Church and Henry's marriage to Anne Boleyn.

Joan of Arc -(1412 – 1431) Joan of Arc received Divine messages which helped the Dauphin of France to drive out the English from parts of France. She was arrested for her 'heterodox religious beliefs'. She was burnt at the stake for refusing to recant her experiences and communion with God.

The Oxford Martyrs - Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley, and the Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. They were burned at the Stake in Oxford 1555 for refusing to renounce their Protestant faith and accept the Roman Catholic faith of Queen Mary I.
Saint Peter (? - 65 AD), The leading apostle of Jesus Christ. Legend says he was crucified upside-down by the Romans. He asked to be crucified upside down so as not to copy the crucifixion of Jesus. Maximilian Kolbe (1894- 1941) A Polish Franciscan friar. He was arrested by the Nazi's for sheltering refugees, from the Nazi's. He was executed at Auschwitz concentration camp after volunteering to take the place of a man who feared death.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, (1906 - 1945) A German Lutheran Pastor who was a leading opponent of Hitler and the Nazis. He was eventually arrested and died in a concentration camp before the end of the war.
William Tyndale (1494–1536 ) was one of the first persons to print the Bible in English. Executed for blasphemy after years of avoiding capture.
Mansoor Al-Hallaj (858 – 922) A Sufi mystic who practised mysticism and preached a radical philosophy based on his spiritual experiences. Al-Hallaj claimed that in his mystical experiences he realised that 'I am the Truth'. He was sentenced to death for blasphemy, but during a prolonged execution, he retained his equanimity and faith.
Thich Quang Duc, (1897 - 1963) was a Vietnamese Buddhist monk. He burnt himself to death (self-immolation) at an intersection in Saigon on June 11, 1963. He was protesting about the treatment of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government.

Other selected Christian Martyr's
  • St. Stephen as recorded in the Acts 6:8–8:3, the first Christian Martyr.
  • James the Great (Son of Zebedee) was beheaded in 44 A.D.
  • Philip the Apostle was crucified in 54 A.D.
  • Matthew the Evangelist killed with a halberd in 60 A.D.
  • James the Just, beaten to death with a club after being crucified and stoned.
  • Matthias was stoned and beheaded.
  • Saint Andrew, St. Peter's brother, was crucified.
  • Saint Mark was dragged in the streets until his death
  • Edith Stein (Carmelite nun, died at Auschwitz), 1942


Lioa said...

thank you!

Anonymous said...

you missed a couple of people,
Joseph Smith Jr.
Hyrum Smith
they were both martyred because their religion was new and unpopular. but when told to deny it on multiple occasions they refused. then the remainder of their church had an extermination order against them and they were chased from their homes, the women and children were raped and whipped, the men tar and feathered, and killed. they were chased across the plains to Utah, yet there the early Mormon saints still found no peace. the US military who followed them made a post nearby, and their presence postponed the early saints for 40 years of building a temple to Heavenly Father.

the early saints of this church petitioned to the US government, begging for help as their rights were being trampled on, yet the president only said, Your cause is just, but it is an election year, so i cannot help you.

Joseph, Hyrum, and other leaders of the church were wrongfully put into prison on multiple occasions, in terrible conditions. in Liberty jail, one of their worst imprisonments, poison was administered to them, on multiple occasions, causing them to be so sick that the didn't care if they lived or died and remained in a delirious state, this was during one of the coldest winters on record in Missouri. Another time, Guardsmen Loudly and vulgarly told them of the atrocities against their saints they had committed,everything i listed previously, in detail. So much So that Joseph stood, and rebuked the guards in a voice that some said when detailing the account seem to have shook the building, he said “SILENCE, ye fiends of the infernal pit! In the name of Jesus Christ I rebuke you, and command you to be still; I will not live another minute and hear such language. Cease such talk, or you or I die THIS INSTANT!” Later on in Carthage jail, after another wrongful imprisonment, when they were promised safety. guards allowed a mob into the building, who murdered them in cold blood. just because Joseph claimed to have a vision.