At Bethany Bible School last weekend, I used pictures to teach on the history of Christianity. By comparing and contrasting the images in the pictures, a portrait emerged of God's will for Christian living.
The first story, represented here by the Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer, was of Perpetua, a young North African mother who was killed for her faith around the year 200. In the painting, we see a group of Christians gathered in a Roman stadium, awaiting death from the terrible beasts emerging from below. Perpetua was a member of such a group of Christian friends who had been apprehended by the authorities and refused to recant their faith. While in prison, she was strengthened for her suffering by visions of heaven. Before being ripped apart by the beasts, Perpetua and her fellow Christians exchanged the "kiss of peace", the sign of their unity in Christ and their last witness before the bloodthirsty crowd.
So I asked the students, "Who are the real Christians?" They did not hesitate to point out Perpetua and Dirk.