I made this comment on a “would you die for your faith” blog:
I remember my principal at my jr high was a nun and a truly awful person and she used to brag to us all that if someone put a gun to her head and said “renounce christ or I will kill you!” she would gladly die rather than betray her faith. I always thought this was idiotic, and pictured jesus in heaven screaming “YOU IDIOT, WHAT ARE YOU DOING, JUST SAY THE WORDS AND GET OUT OF THIS!”. What parent would rather their child be murdered than be forced to say at gunpoint “I don’t love my parents” or something? It’s insane.
I remember I wished I had the power to turn back time and undo anything I did so I could bring a gun to school just to see whether she was full of shit and undo it later (not to shoot her of course).
I think that most of the “I’d die for my faith” people are probably full of shit and wouldn’t do it if it came down to it, though to be fair I have no way to test this hypothesis. I think that it’s just a way to feel good and strong and noble by a christian comparing themselves to christ, who is supposedly the ultimate role model because he willingly let a bunch of people brutally kill him for no good reason, and they’d like to think they would do the same.
I hope that no christian would, almost as much as I hope no one would put them in that situation to begin with.