“Martyr” defined

I came across this definition of “martyr” in the July 2010 newsletter of The Voice of the Martyrs:

When we hear the word “martyr,” most of us think of someone who dies for a cause, usually religious faith. but the word’s true meaning goes much deeper. St. Augustine said, “The cause, not the suffering, makes a genuine martyr.” The Greek word “martus” means one who remembers and testifies to the truth -an active witness. -VOM, July 2010, pg. 15

Why is this important? The word “martyr” can get thrown around a lot these days as somebody who dies for his/her faith, whether that be a suicide bomber or a person murdered in a religious raid.

But a true “martyr” is a “witness” to the Truth and that is God. How they may die is not as important as who they’re dying for.

For stories of true martyrs of the faith around the world, check out The Voice of the Martyrs website and blog.

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