Circa 250 AD
Probius was whipped until the blood flowed, then laden with chains and thrown into prison. A few days later, he was brought out and commanded to sacrifice to the heathen gods. He knew that he would be tortured and killed if he refused. Still he courageously said:
“I come better prepared than before, for what I have suffered has only strengthened me in my resolution. Employ your whole power upon me, and you shall find that neither you, nor the Emperor, nor the gods you serve, nor even the devil, who is your father, shall compel me to worship idols.”
Probius was sent back to further tortures and eventual death by the sword.
You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.
~ C.S. Lewis ~