To begin to understand the idea of martyrdom, one must understand what a martyr is. A martyr by today’s definition is someone who suffers extensively or is put to death rather than renouncing their religion. The original word martyr meant “witness,” which later was extended to mean witnessing for the Christian faith in particular. In modern society many people are referred to as being “martyrs” for a great many things other than that definition. Martyrdom, according to definition, is the suffering or death of a martyr. A martyr in the Bible usually referred to someone like Stephen or James. Christians who faced persecution, torture, death and other sufferings are referred to as being martyrs for Christianity.
Evangelist Dan Corner further clears up misunderstandings of the word martyrdom and martyrs. To read more from Dan Corner, visit his website at http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/