Martyrdom In Christianity
To become recognized as a martyr means you are a “witness for the faith”(Demarco). Martyrdom became popular within the religion, and people believed that it was their only way to die without the burden of their sins. Jesus died on the cross as a way to show his believers that their sin’s will be forgiven as long as they follow him in this religious path. Therefore, once it was implemented into their religion the congregation members supported and followed the laws of The Catechism of the Catholic Church believed that “martyrdom is the supreme witness given to the truth of faith: it means bearing witness even unto death”(no.2473). The people saw their savior sacrifice himself for the sins of the world, so congregation members believed that they should sacrifice themselves to die honorably and forget about their past.
The people felt no remorse towards their own actions because they believed it was the only way to be forgiven by their God, and community members. The public supported martyrdom because it was considered an honorable act since they died fighting for what they believed in. Another way to view martyrdom was through the belief of baptism and the spiritual ritual to revive the dead spirit and revive them to follow the path of God. Baptism was viewed as a way to reunite God and his congregation members, as stated in 1 Corinthians …show more content…
Martyrdom was viewed as “ a public bodily confession that hopes to transform all that is not of Christ into the mystical body of Christ. It is an act that seeks the good of the city”( Budde and Scott, 24) because it was putting the city 's best interest and helped the population grow in confidence to take a stand in what they believe in. For example, Maximilian was able to “[refuse] to service in the military [to show the world] that it was not an end in itself and that it was [a way] of worshipping false gods,” which lead him to believe his way of sacrifice was a means of helping his empire (Budde and Scott, 23). Therefore, the congregation members of the church saw the positive outcomes and strongly believed and supported martyrdom and what it helped represent to the