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Modern Martyrdom

107 year old Chaldean man from Mosul, Iraq.

107 year old Chaldean man in Iraq

According to Webster’s Dictionary, the simple definition of a Martyr is “a person who dies or suffers for beliefs”.

Many, in the Christian faith, are familiar with a book called “Fox’s Book of Martyrs”, telling the stories of brave believers of long ago who died for their beliefs.

But modern-day Martyrdom is on the increase, as you’ll find in the story I’ve posted below by CNN .

Just the other day, I found a post about several Christians who had been “martyred” because they remained in Gaza and were killed by Israeli attacks.

We tend to think of Christian Martyrs as having stood firm, not as fighting for the faith.

I suppose, some people might look at our soldiers, killed in the field as Martyrs, I wouldn’t.

Looking at it from the other side, another word for martyrdom might be “collateral damage” if people were simply standing firm in their faith at the time of their death..in that case, there are plenty of Muslim martyrs too..in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Palestine,  Mothers and children who perceive their faith to be threatened..Jews have been martyred too, haven’t they? One thinks of  passengers on buses that were blown up in the past in Israel and victims of suicide bombers.

One person told me he’d always wanted to be a martyr. He wasn’t thinking of killing anyone, simply standing in the path, refusing to give in to another’s force.

There’s a big difference between fighting for your beliefs and being killed for them..

Here’s an article about Christians living all over the Middle East since ancient times, including the Chaldeans  in Iraq.

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