How important was the doctrine of hell to the martyrs? According to The Conversation.com “In traditional Christian doctrine, hell was conceived as a place, generally beneath the earth, where the wicked would be punished for eternity. There would be both psychological torment – at our knowing we had lost the opportunity for salvation – and physical ones inflicted by the Devil and his demons. There were gnawing worms and unquenchable fires. No escape from hell or mitigation of eternal torment was possible.” Hell is a very terrible place where no one wants to go. Hell is so bad that even the demons don’t want too go there. Mathew 8:28-29 says “28 And when He came to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men confronted Him as they were coming out of the tombs. They were so extremely violent that no one could pass by that way. 29 And they cried out, saying, “What business do You have with us, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?”” The time is when Jesus would cast the devil and his demons into the lake of fire forever. Revelation 20:10 “And the devil who had deceived them was hurled into the lake of fire and burning brimstone (sulfur), where the beast (Antichrist) and false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night, forever and ever.” Some people say that hell isn’t real and that Christians just made it up to scare people into Christianity, but hell is very real which means Heaven is too.
According to Wikipedia “A martyr is someone who suffers persecution and death for advocating, renouncing, or refusing to renounce or advocate, a religious belief or other cause as demanded by an external party.” Martyrs are basically people who are willing to die for their faith in their religion. There are also many martyrs in the Bible. For example John the Baptist, Stephen, and James.
How important was the doctrine of hell to the martyrs? It was very serious. When Christian martyrs would tell people about Jesus many would die for it. For only some of the martyrs who were caught They would be given the chance to deny God. If they did they would be released, but if they didn’t they would be killed. Some were not given this choice though. There were so many ways that they could be killed. There was burning to death, being decapitated, stoned crucified, and being drowned. It is horrifying to think of dying like that. It is basically murder except for the fact that the martyrs broke the law and it’s the government that’s killing you, but it’s still murder. If you were a martyr and you were given the choice to deny God and live or be killed, which one would you choose?