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“For a Christian to die for his/her beliefs does not make sense. It is better to live for them.” Do you agree?

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"For a Christian to die for his/her beliefs does not make sense. It is better to live for them." Do you agree? For a person to die for his/her beliefs, makes that person a martyr. I disagree with the view that to live for your beliefs is better than to die for them. When people are persecuted because of their faith and beliefs are usually forced to change their faiths or beliefs or to face their death. Stephen was the first Christian martyr. Although some people believe he is the third to Jesus and John the Baptist. In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. ...read more.

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(Acts 6:8). It is interesting to note that although Stephen was "just" a deacon, he certainly had gifts and powers from God that were at least equal to that of the apostles. As had happened with Jesus Christ Himself, Stephen soon found himself in difficulty with the local religious authorities, not because he was doing anything wrong, but because he was a seen as threat to their control over the people. They just couldn't compete with him - "they could not stand up against his wisdom or The Spirit by which he spoke." (Acts 6:10). They then resorted to the "low as you can go" approach - they had him falsely accused of disobeying God. ...read more.

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It is found in Acts chapter 7. Every word that he spoke was correct, which of course only got him into deeper jeopardy with his accusers. His words of truth turned them from a pack of petty liars into a raving lynch mob (Acts 7:54). Stephen was dragged out of the city, where they began stoning him. To keep their garments from becoming spattered with blood during the horrid killing, they "laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul." (Acts 7:58) Stephen remained strong and true to the very end - "While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Then he fell on his knees and cried out, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he fell asleep." (Acts 7:59-60) ...read more.

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