Saturday, April 3, 2010

willing to die for it?

 I'm standing in front of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. It's the largest Christian church in the world. It was also the scene of many horrible atrocious acts. In that court yard Nero had 150 Christians burned to provide light for one of his banquets.

In England, William Tyndale was strangled and burned at the stake in 1536 for his part in translating the Bible into English. As he died he said,"Oh Lord open the King of Englands eyes".

My husband and I had the privilege of touring the underground catacombs that the early Christians dug where they buried their dead and hid from their tormenters.

All these things made me do some soul searching  and I asked myself these questions:
~would I give up my life for my beliefs?
~Is my faith what it should be?
~Do I appreciate my bible that people
died for to get it to the common people

I would hate if William Tyndale thought I took the Bible forgranted, if those first Christian saints were saddened by my priorities. I think I'll try alittle harder.

If you don't believe.......maybe look to see why people were willing to die for it.


  1. Does that kind of faith endure today? I don't know - we take so much for granted.

  2. Good points, Ms Linda! I hope I would be willing to die for it. I love to go to Rome this Christmas. I can't wait to see it. It is amazing as you tour anywhere in Europe to actually stand in such amazing spots where the history we learn about actually took place. So amazing, and on a totally on a more superficial level. You hair is so cute and I love that you are wearing every European ladies signature wardrobe item...the scarf!

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  4. Ooooh. Heavy, Linda, heavy. But so appropriate at this Easter time. I do wonder if I could brave the flames. I'm glad I haven't had to find that one out. In my Human Heritage class, right now, we're studying about all the witches that were burned in Europe during the Middle Ages. It's just atrocious what human beings can do to one another all in the name of someone so gentle and loving, Jesus Christ. I bet he cringes when he hears about all of us fighting over him when he's the Prince of Peace.

  5. yea, Julie I guess that was kind of heavy. I was so struck with those feelings when I was in Rome though, it actually strenghened my testimony of the Savior.