Originally posted by divegeester
This supposition is not a reason to presume someone would die for what they knew was a complete lie. I think all the apostles died horrible deaths, surely one or two would have just stepped down from the plate to save their lives, like Peter did just that right after Christ's execution.
Well, we're just going to have to disagree on this one. The trouble with saying "no one would die for something they knew was a lie" is that it's too simplistic. A belief system may contain a few lies and many truths, in the eyes of the teacher. So, what is he really dying for - the few lies, or the many truths?
I think you mean that Peter 'stepped down from the plate' after the arrest of Jesus, not the death of Jesus. That was when Peter denied him three times, correct?
I would like to know how many apostles were given the chance to escape death by denouncing their faith. Maybe some were not given the option. If they were, I would think that some would have chosen to avoid death out of fear, rather than whether they believed all of their own teachings.