What is a Christian martyr?
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A Christian martyr (pronounced mar-ter) is someone who suffers or dies for his or her faith.
In many cases, a Christian martyr is someone who is willing to go to great lengths, even to the point of death, to make sure that as many people as possible get to hear the truth about how to get saved and go to heaven (John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:18–21). People who are tortured or killed just for being Christians are also martyrs. This can happen when the government in some countries is against Christianity and want to tell the people who live there what to believe.
The Bible is full of people who died for their faith in God. Some of these people are Matthew, Mark, Luke, Paul, Timothy, and Peter. The list goes on of all the people who willingly gave up their lives because they believed that the message of salvation through Jesus Christ is true.
The Bible says that when a Christian dies, they go to be with God (John 3:16). So when Christians die for their beliefs they know they will go to perfect peace and safety in heaven.
Even though Christians are safe in many parts of the world (like in the United States and most of Europe), there are still places like China, the Middle East, and North Korea where Christians are hurt, put in jail, or killed because they believe in God. The good news is that God loves those people and is with them even to the end, and He will welcome them into heaven when they die. And people who love Jesus more than anything are willing to suffer and die for their faith in Him.
We can pray for the people around the world who suffer for Jesus.
"We make it clear that we serve God in every way. We serve him by holding steady. We stand firm in all kinds of trouble, hard times and suffering" (2 Corinthians 6:3–4).
"Blessed are you when people hate you, when they have nothing to do with you and say bad things about you, and when they treat your name as something evil. They do all this because you are followers of the Son of Man" (Luke 6:22).