An Atheist got me a little fired up today because he said "Until you give him proof of God, I will not believe." The reason I got a little sideways was because I started thinking about the Apostles. They gave their lives willingly for what they saw! They spent the rest of their lives preaching the Kingdom, after being eye witnesses of Gods glory! Anyone who would call these men liars have no respect for human life, and I want, today, to honor our brothers who gave their lives in behalf of the good news! Peter and Paul Both martyred in Rome about 66 AD, during the persecution under Emperor Nero. Paul was beheaded. Peter was crucified, upside down at his request, since he did not feel he was worthy to die in the same manner as his Lord. Andrew Went to the "land of the man-eaters," in what is now the Soviet Union. Christians there claim him as the first to bring the gospel to their land. He also preached in Asia Minor, modern-day Turkey, and in Greece, where he is said to have been crucified. Thomas Was probably most active in the area east of Syria. Tradition has him preaching as far east as India, where the ancient Marthoma Christians revere him as their founder. They claim that he died there when pierced through with the spears of four soldiers. Philip Possibly had a powerful ministry in Carthage in North Africa and then in Asia Minor, where he converted the wife of a Roman proconsul. In retaliation the proconsul had Philip arrested and cruelly put to death. Bartholomew Had widespread missionary travels attributed to him by tradition: to India with Thomas, back to Armenia, and also to Ethiopia and Southern Arabia. There are various accounts of how he met his death as a martyr for the gospel. James The son of Alpheus, is one of at least three James referred to in the New Testament. There is some confusion as to which is which, but this James is reckoned to have ministered in Syria. The Jewish historian Josephus reported that he was stoned and then clubbed to death. Simon the Zealot So the story goes, ministered in Persia and was killed after refusing to sacrifice to the sun god. Matthais Was the apostle chosen to replace Judas. Tradition sends him to Syria with Andrew and to death by burning. As well, all our friends since, that have given their lives in behalf of the good news, rest, we will see you in the kingdom of God!