A martyr is one that gives his life for the cause of Christ.. this priest was no martyr.. he was a victim of a horrible event.. he was going to die on that ship no matter where he was or what he was doing .
It is honorable for one to give comfort when they themselves are dying..but that does not make them a martyr
posted on 04/14/2012 9:05:12 PM PDT
That was also my impression when I read this article. This priest's actions were certainly heroic and admirable as were those of many, many others who put others safety before their own. There was also a minister who swam back and forth as best he could to share the gospel with those who were without Christ floating in that frigid and deadly watery grave. He wasn't a “martyr” either, and to use that word for anyone other than those who were put to death rather than deny the Lord is just not right. I think it is a word that is tossed around way too casually these days.
posted on 04/14/2012 9:19:40 PM PDT
(God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
......he was going to die on that ship no matter where he was or what he was doing.
I have no desire to start a food fight over this but the above statement is inaccurate. He chose to die. If witnesses are to be believed, he was offered a spot in a lifeboat and refused. He therefore gave up his own life so that another might live, following the Gospel teaching ...."greater love hath no man.....".
Whether this makes him a "martyr" or not, I'll leave to the Almighty to decide.
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