The Definition of a Martyr

By John L Fisk


The root definition of a martyr is a messenger or witness.  It is from the Greek word martus. One may think that the word is connected with death, as in one who has been slain for their position, but that is today’s definition, this was not the definition when the word was first coined in the Greek New Testament.  The word martyr or martyrs only appears three times in the English KJV version of the Bible (Acts 22:20 Revelation 17:6, 2:13).  The Greek word translated as martyr in these three locations is translated witness twenty-nine other times. The use of the word martyr occurs when the witness is slain as is the case in the three Bible references where the English word martyr is used.   Thus the definition of martyr is the path of its etymology: It is a witness who is slain because of his witness. To refine the definition further, martyrs are killed for the testimony of Yahweh, their God.  Those who call Yahweh Father know that He never directs His own to take revenge nor kill in His name. His words are far more powerful than our own ability to kill, they bring life.   No one volunteers to be a martyr, they are killed because they refuse to bring false witness against Yahweh, their God. Yahweh’s people overcome by the shed blood of His Son, the word of their testimony and they do not love their live unto death.

Until recently the word martyr was never an act of murder.  But, there is a new definition that the defenders of Islam would have you believe.   They would have you believe that being killed in the process of murdering as many people (infidels) as possible is martyrdom.  A murderous act is just the ticket to get you in good with Allah, Islam’s god.  Allah has no ability to bring life and directs his people to bring death.  He says to them, “You will get a place in paradise with seventy–two virgins.”  As ridiculous as it sounds, it is the motivation behind thousands of murderers.   It is the driving cause of 911.  It is the motivation behind suicide-bombers, murderers, and jihadist of every stripe.  They come out of the schools of this evil ideology and take up position among the innocent people who they plot to kill.  They study the art of killing as many people as possible before going down in a flame of “glory.”   Islamic countries have had soccer stadiums named after them, But, I refuse to consider these murderers martyrs.

Major Hasan’s attack at Fort Hood, Texas, is the latest of the mayhem caused by this Islamic ideology and one mans desire to be a martyr.   Major Hasan did not expect to survive the act of murder.   He must hope that while he is on trial the virgins wait.   I think that the trial will be long and drawn out.  Many under-reported news events will follow.  The latest is that the US government has restrained Hasan from speaking with anyone in Arabic unless an interrupter is present.  He gets calls from relatives who want to pray with him in Arabic but he is not allowed, poor soul.

Governments, the people in control, do not want you to notice that Islam is the evil ideology motivating these murderers.  An act of terror such as performed by Hasan always places the government leaders in an awkward position.  Expect them to get up and say something like, “Islam is a peaceful religion” (Subliminally saying, “Please go back to sleep.”).  You may hear them tell you how Islam has contributed so much to the world.  Do not ever expect any specifics for there are none.   Islam is an evil motivator that is causing murder and mayhem all over the world.

It is not unusual in a living language for the definition of a word to change due to usage   Many English words have morphed in my life — words like gay, watergate, and hybrid have taken on whole new definitions.  I refuse to call someone a martyr especially a Muslim who straps a bunch of explosives together and brings them into a crowd and blows to bits all he can survey.  Some words come to mind like murderer, bomber, killer, suicide-bomber, terrorist, and assassin: any or all of these words work.  But the word martyr does not.

When Barak Obama said in Turkey and Egypt the United States is not at war with Islam, he was correct.  We have surrendered.  Surrender to Islam has caused us to use words like martyrs to describe this scum of the earth.  Islam has invaded our space and attacked our life, limb, and witness.  It has caused untruth to be spoken and entrapped our people in politically correct lies.  Things like “Islam is a peaceful religion” or “We all worship the same God.”  This one is especially nice: “There are moderate Muslims” The latest by Barak Obama is “Muslims have made great contributions to America.” He said this after the Fort Hood murders.  The Islamic world is attacking America at every opportunity and the response of America is how may we assist?

YOU may assist by standing against Islam.  Do not surrender.  Allah is not my God.  My God is Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He has a Son whose name is Jesus and Jesus brings life.   Islam is not a peaceful religion.  It is a religion that brings murder and death.

To answer Obama: 911 which brought the death of nearly three thousand Americans is the only contribution I have seen from Islam in America.   I pray that you stand!  The alternative is surrender: the very definition of Islam.


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