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READ PDF ß Fox's Book of Martyrs: A History of the Lives, Sufferings, and Deaths of the Early Christian and Protestant Martyrs ð This is a book that will never die one of the great Christian classics Written with passion and tenderness, it tells the dramatic, true stories of men, women, and children who, in the face of indescribable persecution, gave their lives for the sake of Christ Covering the broad sweep of church history from the early church to the beginning of American foreign missions in the early s, Fox s Book of Martyrs continues to inspire and strengthen countless Christians with a vision of faith that, both in life and in death, commits itself utterly to the Lord of Life Presented here in its most complete form, this book brings to life days when a noble army, men and boys, the matron and the maid climbed the steep ascent of heaven amid peril, toil, and pain A book about Christians killed for their beliefs14 November 2012 This is a book all about Christian martyrs and it makes pretty grim reading Basically, it is all about people who were persecuted for their faith and underwent incredible suffering and hardship before dying in some of the most gruesome manners possible In fact it is an incredibly depressing book and one that as a Christian I found very hard to read Mind you, it is not something that we of any faith or persuasion should ignore, e A book about Christians killed for their beliefs14 November 2012 This is a book all about Christian martyrs and it makes pretty grim reading Basically, it is all about people who were persecuted for their faith and underwent incredible suffering and hardship before dying in some of the most gruesome manners possible In fact it is an incredibly depressing book and one that as a Christian I found very hard to read Mind you, it is not something that we of any faith or persuasion should ignore, especially if we live in relative security, because we should always remember those who came before us who suffered and died for the freedom that we enjoy today As somebody once said, the tree of faith is watered by the blood of martyrs However I do find books and articles like this to be a little one sided at times Look, as I have said and will continue to say, we cannot ignore the plight of those who suffer and die for their faith, especially today, however we cannot be too focused on them since it can distract us from the bigger picture Also, we can become caught up in the stories that this book tells us and think that the only people who are persecuted are Christians Before I go on to discuss the implications I better outline some of the background and context of this book John Foxe was writing in the 16th century, during the early years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, which means that he would have lived through the reign of the queen known colloquially as Bloody Mary England had just gone through a reformation after King Henry VIII had split from the Catholic Church, one reason being for divorce, butlikely a political move to strengthen his sovereignty over England because up until then the Pope pretty much called the shots While King Edward moved the reformation forward to free the church from medieval tradition, Queen Mary, being a staunch Catholic, decided that she wanted to return the English church to the rulership of the Pope She faced tremendous opposition, and in response she went on a rampage and burnt numerous prominent protestants at the stake I suspect that Foxes reasons for writing this book was not only to remind the English protestants of those who died under Mary s reign, but also to remind his readers that martyrdom for Christianity was nothing new A bulk of the first part of his book is actually, word for word, a copy of Eusebius Now, the problem that I have with Eusebius, is that he was pretty much a pawn of the Emperor Constantine He was also a major influence in the council of Niceae Now, there is an argument, and it is one that I hold too, that Constantine was not actually a Christian, he was the worshipper of the sun god and he only used Christianity for political purposes I sometimes wonder to what extent Eusebius was one of Constantine s political tools Now, I do not question the authenticity of the Bible, or God s ability to use people like Eusebius or Constantine to further his own purposes, but I have a suspicion that parts of Eusebius works, particularly the Ecclesiastical history, are littlethan political propoganda The reason that Constantine, I suspect, chose Christianity to be the state religion, wasa means of uniting and stabilising the empire under his rule than any heartfelt love towards Jesus Christ As for Eusebius, I note that his book does seem to over exaggerate the Christian persecution during the Roman Empire Mind you, Foxe does go beyond where Eusebius left off and indicates that even though Christianity became the prominent religion, persecutions and martyrdoms still occurred, especially as the Christian empire began to struggle with the rise of the numerous heresies that continued to influence the faith, despite it becoming an accepted religion Further, it is difficult to determine the authenticity of those who where martyred, because truth be told, if somebody believes in something enough, they will die for it, even though it may not be true If people didn t, we would not have revolutions The problem that I find with books like this is that it makes it seem that Christians are the only people who are persecuted, and the only people who are martyred I have been in numerous churches where they drum on and on about persecution as Christians to the point that many Christians are scared to associate with non Christians because they will be persecuted In modern day Australia, mocked and ridiculed, sure, but not dragged outside, beaten, and then shot Then again, what about countries where that does happen Well, guess what, Christians are generally not the only ones targeted In many of these countries, anybody who does not hold the strict dogmatic faith are dragged outside, beaten, and then shot Christians are just one of a number of groups that are affected by it What gets me is that we pray for the Christians and pretty much ignore those who are not Christians, almost suggesting that it is okay for them to be beaten up and shot, but not Christians, because that is horrible As far as I am concerned anybody who is dragged outside, beaten up, and shot, is horrible, whether they are Christian or not Secondly, what about those we persecute It is very bad for us to be persecuted, but does that mean that we should persecute homosexuals and preach hate sermons against Muslims Absolutely not Okay, while I may not agree with homosexual practices, I still love my homosexual friends and will stand up for them, in the same way that I love my Muslim friends and will stand up for them as well I have been to churches where they preach hate sermons against Muslims and I believe that it is not only appalling, but incredibly offensive Just because we don t agree with them does not give us the right to target them and hate them While many Christians claim that homosexuality is an abomination against God, guess what is a real abomination against God Using his name in vain, and not crying out oh my God when something happens, but making statements of God s behalf, and preaching in his name when he never, and would never, do or say such a thing That, my friend, is the real abomination against God There is only one word that springs to mind on concluding a book like this grateful I am grateful that none of these terrible things have happened to me..yet This classic book documents Christian martyrs through the centuries There are some updated chapters running to the publication in 1997 The details are gruesome but factual, they are not sensationalised They don t need to be as the terrible things that were done to some of these faithful people are shocking enough Why read a book li There is only one word that springs to mind on concluding a book like this grateful I am grateful that none of these terrible things have happened to me..yet This classic book documents Christian martyrs through the centuries There are some updated chapters running to the publication in 1997 The details are gruesome but factual, they are not sensationalised They don t need to be as the terrible things that were done to some of these faithful people are shocking enough Why read a book like this The main reason that I can think of, particularly for Westerners, is to get a sense of perspective or stated another way, to remind ourselves how far we have fallen from the standards set by previous generations This should not lead us to discouragement or doom and gloom, but instead should renew our sense of vision and mission to stand for Jesus NO MATTER THE COST We live in comfort and security, even in church we focus on ourselves our preferences and styles The martyrs refused to compromise, even when it came to things like whether the elements really became Jesus blood and body during the Lord s Supper They lived and died for their faith in Jesus Are we willing to do the same when the time comes, as it surely will..In the meantime, here is a list of five points to keep in mind when praying for the persecuted pg 201 1 Pray for those in prison that they would know they are not forgotten.2 Pray that the needs of families of martyrs would be met abundantly.3 Pray that the govt and prison officials would be drawn into a relationship with Christ.4 Pray that Christians would love those who are persecuting them.5 Pray that God would give new ways to get Bibles and other forms of Christian literature to help Christians in restricted nations.A few highlights to challenge and inspire John Bunyan, on being offered his freedom in return for agreeing not to preachIf you let me out today, I will preach again tomorrowHe remained in prison for 12 years.Robert Thomas killed in Korea 1866When Thomas saw that he was going to be killed, he held out his Korean Bible to them and said in that language Jesus, Jesus His head was cut off and thrown into the river.Twenty five years after Thomas s death an American visitor stayed at a small guest house in the area Thomas was killed, and noticed strange wallpaper in the main room The Korean Bible that Thomas had held out to the soldiers had been used to plaster the walls For twenty five years many had come to the house to read the walls where Thomas s Bible was preserved Pastor Selchun tortured in Nigeria 1992The fanatics cut off Pastor Selchun s right hand When it fell to the ground, he raised the other one and sang He is Lord, He is Lord He is risen from the dead and He is Lord Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord Stenley killed in Indonesia in 1996Stenley s beating and death so affected the people of his hometown, that five of the Christians enrolled in Bible school, and eleven Muslims received Jesus as their Lord and Saviour In the middle of the night on which Stenley died, seven of the Bible students gathered for prayer and then woke the school superintendent and requested that they be sent to preach the Gospel on the island of Mentawai, where Stenley was martyred Shortly after Stenley died, the Muslim official who beat him, drowned with his family while on a boat trip during a storm I m not going to tell anyone that they must read this due to the graphic details contained within However, every Christian should at least be aware of what is going on and the numbers of Christians that are still being persecuted and martyred around the world today Fascinating but slow going To be sipped a few pages a day Lots of notes and archaisms, given that the first edition appeared c 1535 I m always delighted by stories of Roman Catholic barbarity Toward that end, I ve also enjoyed Benzion Netanyahu s exquisite The Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain yes, he is Bibi s father Sir Steven Runciman s gripping A History of the Crusades in 3 volumes James Shapiro s fascinating I m learning what it means to truly stand for what you believe in, and that Christianity will not die no matter what Many men of power have hated true christianity and all those who followed Jesus Christ and His principles And they tried in vain to use their power and influence to erase christianity and the memory of it from the earth Men of power even today try to get rid of christianity through many means Some may use the means of execution and physical torture for any captured followers o I m learning what it means to truly stand for what you believe in, and that Christianity will not die no matter what Many men of power have hated true christianity and all those who followed Jesus Christ and His principles And they tried in vain to use their power and influence to erase christianity and the memory of it from the earth Men of power even today try to get rid of christianity through many means Some may use the means of execution and physical torture for any captured followers of Christ when it comes to other countries Other powerful men such as those found in America use post modernism I must make it known that post modernism is nothing new by the way to question the validity of christianity There are also many other common people that want to see christianity disappear The tactics are countless, and many of the tactics that are used are genius But this book shows that the work of Jesus Christ and the Men, young men, women, young women, and children that love and serve him are not going anywhere We are here to stay We shall endure in all generations past, present, and future