Thursday, March 5, 2015
Martyrdom as Witness
The victims include a variety of people--Jews, (alleged) Gays, and (most prominently) "Nazarenes," that is, Christians. One recent group includes a set of 21 Coptic Christians who were beheaded. Or, so the narrative has gone. In actual fact, there were 20 Coptic Christians who were beheaded by ISIS, and one man who was not Christian but who converted upon seeing the other 20 refuse to deny Christ even on pain of death.
Truly is martyrdom the seed of the Church, including the various schisms and smaller sects. We're all Christian in the end.