“Friends, Roman’s, and country lend me your ear we come to bury Caesar not to praise him the evil that men do lives after them, the good is often interred with their bones.”
I was given Bill O’Reilly’s book, Killing Jesus, for Christmas and I absolutely recommend it. Some folks think he should have made it clear that Jesus was the Christ in the book; however his book is a historical account of Rome and its evil empire. History tells us about the great military Roman soldier’s and their evil Emperors but the book casts a light not for faint of heart. I could not get through the crucifixion of Jesus, but I did read the details of the inhumane description and horror of being put to death in that fashion. I was unaware of how many hundreds of thousands of human beings were killed on the cross. In reading the history of Rome and how it operated it is crystal clear the Bible is the written Word of God. Not only does history back this up, but the details of world history are paramount to all that happened. The Apostles gave their lives to bring the salvation of Christ to the furthest parts of the world. They were beaten, put in jail, tortured, and many of them died as martyrs. Peter was nailed upside on the cross because he felt he was not worthy to die in the same manner as Jesus. Thomas was speared to death near Madras, India. Bartholomew was flayed (skinned alive) and beheaded. Simon (the Zealot was thought to have been sawed in half. Philip was martyred by having hooks run through his ankles and then being hung upside down. Matthew was murdered just like all the rest for his fervent preaching. John was the last to die as a prisoner on the Island of Patmos where he wrote the Gospel and the final pages of the New Testament. He was ninety-four years old when he died and the only apostle not to have been martyred. We thank you Abba for leaving us with an undisputed history of your Word.