Recently I read a book called Upon This Rock, by Frank G Slaughter. It’s a novel about the life of Simon Peter, who has long been one of my favorites apostles, and while I don’t agree with everything in the book, it was certainly an interesting read. One thing that struck me was the use of a peculiar phrase. Three times Slaughter said that Peter had been “infected with the divine discontent which Jesus instilled into the hearts of all those who served him.” Divine discontent. What is that even supposed to mean?
Some were beheaded, some were tortured to death, others burned to death, some were crucified, others sentenced to receive 80 lashes. Many of these things were done in public, as an example for all to see of the “dangers” of Christianity. Who were these individuals? The apostles, perhaps? Most of them were martyred for their faith in Jesus. That is true, but the examples I mention above come from an article written on December 9, 2013. These are modern day martyrs, being killed for their faith in Jesus in our own day and age. The title alone says it all: Christians are Being Burned Alive, Beheaded, Crucified, Tortured to Death & Imprisoned in Metal Shipping Containers, written by Michael Snyder for End of the American Dream. According to Snyder, there are 100 million Christians currently facing persecution, and that about 100,000 Christians die each year for their faith in Christ. That comes down to about 274 people each day, or about 11 every hour. In the amount of time it will take me to finish this article, approximately 10 Christians will die somewhere in this world because of their faith.