100 days – Day 87
The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church –
is a paraphrase of a statement made by Tertullian in 197 A.D. in “The Apology” – written to the Emperor:
He writes, “kill us, torture us, condemn us, grind us to dust; your injustice is the proof that we are innocent. Therefore God suffers (allows) that we thus suffer. …….Nor does your cruelty, however exquisite, avail you; it is rather a temptation to us. The oftener we are mown down by you, the more in number we grow; the blood of Christians is seed.”
The Christians of Iraq are considered to be one of the oldest surviving continuous Christian communities in the world.
The vast majority are Eastern Aramaic-speaking ethnic Assyrians, Armenians, Arabs,and Kurds .
In Iraq, Christians numbered about 1,500,000 in 2003, representing just over 5% of the population of the country…
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