Do you see the bloodstained Bible here? I am sure you do and it's a messy sight and from what the caption says, the Bible belonged to a Nigerian pastor who refused to renounce his faith in Jesus Christ. This bloodstained Bible just reminds me of the timeless truth of reading about how many people risked themselves, put their lives in danger just so you and I today could read the Bible. They not only diligently copied the Scriptures to scrolls so there would be backup copies but they also willingly put themselves to death so the Bible can be read to the common people so they can understand it.
Many people risked their necks just so copies of the Scriptures can be given to the laymen so they can read the Scriptures at their own pace. Whether it was during the time of the Caesars or the Popes, I really cannot help but admire the martyrs for their willingness to risk their necks just so the common people can read the Scriptures for themselves. The blood of the martyrs did not stop Christianity as it only made Christianity stronger than ever. When Christians showed their bravery and forgiveness in the face of death, it only had others convert to Christianity. The bloodier the persecutions became, the more Christianity grew because greater is He (Jesus Christ) that is in the Christians than they who are in the world.
Whenever I fail to read the Bible as I should, I would feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit telling me that the martyrs gave all their best so you can read the Bible, why aren't you reading it? Nobody should ever take the Bible for granted because for it to be read by people today, how much innocent blood of Christians was shed so the Bible can be read?