Monday, May 18, 2020

The Coliseum, holy ground

More vividly than all the written histories, the Coliseum tells the story of Rome's grandeur and Rome's decay. …

In addition to the gladiatorial combats and other shows, they sometimes threw members of the hated sect into the arena of the Coliseum and turned wild beasts in upon them. It is estimated that seventy thousand Christians suffered martyrdom in this place.

This has made the Coliseum holy ground, in the eyes of the followers of the Saviour.

And well it might; for if the chain that bound a saint, and the footprints a saint has left upon a stone he chanced to stand upon, be holy, surely the spot where a man gave up his life for his faith is holy.
Source: The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death” (Revelation 12:11).

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