September 16, 1498 – Tomas de Torquemada

Surely one of the darkest stains of misusing the name of Christ was the Spanish Inquisition that took place during the reign of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain.  Used as a way to force Jews and others to recant their faith and accept Christ, the Inquisition would see over 2,000 people burned at the stake and even more tortured when they would not recant.  The first Inquisitor General was Tomas de Torquemada who died on September 16, 1498.

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