Originally, the term applied to any individual who suffered for Christianity, but in the end, the so-called baptism in blood was reserved for those killed for their faith. Such self-sacrifice is a source of inspiration for other Christians despite what non-believers might think. In the second century, church father Tertullian even stated, the blood of martyrs is the seed of the church.
I question how many pagans were simply converted after hearing the joys of Christianity. Still a good read for a bit of religious history.
heather · Jan 7, 2013 at 5:32 pm
robot runaway · Jan 7, 2013 at 7:55 pm
I would die for what I believed in so long as there was chocolate cake on the other side.
jimi hindrance experience · Jan 7, 2013 at 10:02 pm
see much of my oeuvre.
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