THE SILENCE OF THE LAMB
The Civil Writer Magazine
In Christian theology and ecclesiology the
Twelve Apostles (also known as the Twelve Disciples, were the primary disciples of Jesus
according to the New Testament. During the
life and ministry of Jesus in the 1st century AD, the apostles were his closest followers and became the primary teachers of the gospel message of Jesus. Over four decades after Jesus crucifixion eleven of the twelve apostles found themselves in precarious situations. St. John, the son of Zebedee, is the only one who died of natural causes at an old age in Ephesus. Traditions have been handed down through the centuries, claiming that most of the original 12 Apostles were martyred for their beliefs.
An example comes from Josephus, a first century Jewish historian, who wrote about another person named James, an early Christian church leader, who was executed because of his beliefs. Josephus wrote in his book called Antiquities of the Jews, book 20 (or book XX), chapter 9: The question is, how could these followers of Jesus who believed in Jesus, knew Jesus and followed him failed to be protected from persecution for his sake.
Meanwhile 2000 years later you are told that Jesus will be with you if you believe as the apostles did. Jesus "love bombed", the apostles by demonstrating attention and affection, to get them to follow but there seemed to have been a digress in love and affection after the crucifixion therefore settling for the sacrifice of his followers lives with no miracles to spare, not one. 91.666666666667% of his apostles suffered on his behalf. What happened to their dedication of following, believing, and praying to the Jesus they all knew.