"We have met the enemy; and he is us!" - Pogo
A man who is not willing to
die for the values and/or beliefs that he has chosen—this does not mean the values and
beliefs with which he was programmed—is already as good as dead. He then becomes a pawn, materially subject to
whatever force is the greatest or whatever external influence might
threaten his life or wellbeing. But dying because of what you have truly chosen is not martyrdom because
such a man can truly say that he is dying for himself.
This is quite different from dying for some other person's agenda, plan, will or other
external value or factor, and it is different from dying for that which
you have been programmed. Dying for these is martyrdom. A man should only be
willing to die when HE just would not want to live with the alternative.
Any other person or agency asking him to die, for their sake or their cause or
because of what they foster to be or happen, becomes an unreasonable oppressor, self-centered
In psychology, it is widely
recognized that the martyr complex is a destructive sickness. The blood
drops of the martyr may be the seeds of new believers, but these are
always the seeds of false religion.
The idea that the God of
service, humility, the great affirmer of life, would require or desire
us to become martyrs is outrageous. This is another one of the
incredible pernicious doctrines fostered by Christendom, and it should
be soundly rejected and repudiated.
The thinking that Jesus taught or
fostered martyrdom is ludicrous. There is nothing wrong with self
defense, but if you are under the protection of the unfallen there is no
need. While he was alive, he was careful to ask the "Father" to protect
his friends and followers, and while praying and thanking the Father he
exclaimed that he had not lost a single one. The problem is that the message of Jesus was
ultimately not received, nor understood and embraced, and after his death
and resurrection only a small number retained this protection and their
lives. The rest universally did NOT stay under this protection, and were
all destined to die one way or another.
Jesus advises carrying a
lethal weapon for self-protection
Jesus could not change this
fate of the people unilaterally, but he and the Father have no desire to see the better
people oppressed or slaughtered by the worse. It is seldom admitted, mentioned
nor seldom even understood that just before the end
playing out he said to his followers in Luke 22:35,36
"When I sent you
out with no purse or bag or sandals, did you lack anything?" They said,
"Nothing." He said to them, "But now, let him who has a purse take it,
and likewise a bag. And let him who has no sword sell his mantle and buy one."
Being a willing or even an unwitting victim or martyr NEVER glorifies God.