In the past, I posted a few threads asking people about whether a good person forced to do a bad thing will still go to hell for it.
In those threads, I learned about the official stance of the Church (that a sin has to be voluntary and of a serious nature for it to be mortal). Apart from that, I got some enlightening and thought provoking responses.
However, I also got a lot of responses along the lines of “Torture and death threats are no excuse! A true christian would embrace martyrdom!”. What people seem to forget, however, is that part of the reason saints and martyrs are revered is because they went above and beyond what is normally expected.
So I am asking you to consider the following: you are in a situation where someone wants you to do something bad. Maybe verbally renounce your faith, maybe reveal information which will result in a friend or comrade getting hurt or killed, maybe to directly cause harm to someone else. The person forcing you to do this is threatening to torture or kill you or a loved one if you don’t comply.
Would you honestly be willing to embrace martyrdom?
If you were ever in a situation similar to what I described, feel free to share it.
Above all, keep this discussion respectful.