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Initial post: Apr 18, 2012 8:50:33 PM PDT
petrosd says:
Please share you hero/ine of the Christian faith, someone who made a difference because of their Christian faith. Famous or not -- Mother Theresa to Aunt Maude, it's all good.

If anyone wants to start another thread in the Relgion or any other forum for non-Christian hero/ines, I encourage you to do so.

It's my hope that the discussion won't be torn apart by those who want to puke and spit all over anything "religious". If you do, I hope the Amazon moderators delete your posts. The Forum and the Topic are very clear. Neither are an invitation for you. Thank you for respecting the rules. :)

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 8:55:08 PM PDT
petrosd says:
William Wilberforce - He believed his Christian faith required him to intervene and fight for justice for those unable to fight for themselves. Without his constant efforts, the abolition of slavery in England and all of its colonies and protectorates would have been delayed for many more decades. I recommend you explore his life. He used his power and influence to fight for the weak, helpless, and disenfranchised. He even worked for the better treatment of animals. One great guy.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2012 9:03:36 PM PDT
Petrosd, Father Damien, who served the lepers, and Sister Mary and the order of nursing nuns that later tended to them as well! Peace always in the Most Precious Blood of Jesus our Great God and Saviour

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2012 9:09:43 PM PDT
Eric Pyle says:
William Blake.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2012 10:22:18 PM PDT
Abraham, Sarah, Ruth, Esther, Daniel, Joshua, Elijah, Micaiah. Isaiah and Jeremiah! Stephen.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 10:49:48 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 19, 2012 11:00:29 AM PDT
Corrie ten Boom. When the Nazis invaded Holland , Corrie and her family were very active in the Resistance. They hid Jews in their home and helped many to escape and survive. When the family was betrayed, Corrie and her sister were sent to Ravensbruck, where her sister died. After the war, Corrie wrote on the subject of forgiveness. Her book The Hiding Place is a beautiful testimony about the power of Christian faith. I would urge you to read it! The Hiding Place

Just remembering the story of Corrie and her family (especially her dear father, Casper, who said to one Jewish woman who came to their door, "In this household, God's people are always welcome.") brings tears to my eyes. If only we could all be so filled with God's love and grace, and so brave!

Edit: I read The Hiding Place as a girl, and it had a profound effect on me. I was so inspired by the faith in action displayed by the ten Boom family. They did not just go to church and worship; they brought their Christian faith into every aspect of their lives. Corrie was so open about her flaws and weaknesses that it made me realize that maybe when I was in a situation in which I had the opportunity to do the right thing, even though I was nowhere near as brave as her father, I might be able to do it, too. When I have been faced with ethical quandaries that pale in comparison to those the ten Boom family encountered, I am stronger in my faith and my commitment to do right and love my neighbor as myself, in part because I read The Hiding Place.

This is the kind of book every child (and adult) should read, because it makes true goodness and bravery seem within reach, even though when you hear the actual story, you think "I could never do that!" -- and, in fact, most people at the time did not.

Great discussion idea, Petros D -- and William Wilberforce is a truly inspirational hero. Thank you for suggesting this topic. Bless you!

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 11:08:10 PM PDT
Blu Boy says:
Jesus

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2012 11:30:12 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 19, 2012 11:00:55 AM PDT
Yes! And Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Edit: More on Hopkins. He was a 19th century British poet who wrote devotional verse of exceptional beauty. He chose the very restricted life of a Jesuit for personal reasons, and felt conflicted between the call to serve God in that way and his God-given gift as a poet. He continued writing, and his works are some of the finest and most inspirational we can read as Christians: "Spring and Fall," "Pied Beauty," "God's Grandeur," "The Windhover: To Christ our Lord," and others. His poems have deepened my own faith tremendously, and "Spring and Fall" in particular has helped me to come to terms with "the blight that man was born for" -- personal death. To be able to at once experience the most glorious of God's creations and to know "the blight that man was born for," and to hold them in your mind that the same time, and meditate on them -- that is a good spiritual discipline.

Hopkins' final words at the time of his death were themselves an inspiration: "I am so happy, I am so happy. I loved my life." (And this is a man who had known corporeal and spiritual suffering.)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2012 12:34:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 19, 2012 1:18:35 AM PDT
tokolosi says:
reality check Dan: none of the people you listed were Christian...

edit: just so you don't think I'm being snarky (or just snarky), they all predate Christianity by up to several centuries. (I took it "Stephen" referred to the poster. If you were referring the martyr story in Acts, then I concede you got one correct.)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2012 1:00:21 AM PDT
tokolosi says:
uh, Jesus wasn't a Christian. Christianity didn't become established until after his time here.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2012 1:20:04 AM PDT
Gr8fl2bHis says:
Christianity dates back to the Garden, where God promised a deliverer to Adam and Eve. Christians believe the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Nothing predates Christianity, because Christians believe in the God who is eternal and created the heavens and the earth "in the beginning".

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2012 1:21:18 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 19, 2012 1:23:10 AM PDT
Gr8fl2bHis says:
The Christ-ian faith is simply faith in Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah who was promised from the beginning. The earliest believers were Jews, believers were called people of "The Way" after Pentecost, and were first called Christians at Antioch.

Though "His time here" in an earthly body ended with His ascension back to the Father, He is now at the Father's right hand ever interceding for His own. He will return as promised.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2012 1:25:02 AM PDT
Gr8fl2bHis says:
Those Jews all died believing God to send the Messiah. Christians today believe He has already come. The faith is the same. See Romans.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2012 2:05:42 AM PDT
Hebrews 12:1

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 4:00:25 AM PDT
Blu Boy says:
Mel Gibson, for making a really bloody movie about Jesus. Oh, and all that hate stuff too.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2012 4:43:40 AM PDT
Tammy says:
Bono!!!
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Posted on Apr 19, 2012 8:00:59 AM PDT
Roll Tide!!! says:
Abigail, in 1 Sam. 25

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 8:17:42 AM PDT
petrosd says:
It's a fair comment that one can define "Christian" as post-Crucifixion. Technically, it might be fair to define it as post ~45-50 (Antioch church). So I'll ask for a little grace and declare Jesus as a 'given' as a hero for Christians.

As for prior to Jesus' death, technically "Christian" wouldn't apply but it is fair comment that all these became part of that great host of believers at the Resurrection. Again, can grace be given and a little allowance for those who want to include such? After all, this is so much more about speaking to the positive changes made by those who followed Jesus , those whose lives you admire. Please don't get drawn into theological debates or personal attacks. That's not what this is about. Feel free to start your own thread dealing with issue you feel are important enough to be discussed. Thanks.

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 8:20:31 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 19, 2012 8:57:12 AM PDT
petrosd says:
Please edit and add why this person is your hero/ine -- not a generic/universal but a personal/yours.

I think it helps readers to give a bit of info, shows why they made a difference, creates a positive -- and means the reader doens't have to googling every name :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2012 8:34:38 AM PDT
Roll Tide!!! says:
Check out Abraham.
His faith was exactly as ours.
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