Hmmm... Why is dying the ultimate test of our belief in something?
I agree. I am a Christian. I have been taught from a very early age (and had reinforced on a regular basis) that "Greater love hath no one but this: that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13). The next part of this, in my faith, of course, is that Jesus Christ did this for our sin.
I think this has been translated in the church to: Die a martyr and become a legend.
I dont' know. If a man pointed a gun to my head and told me to renounce my faith and live, I'm pretty sure I'd say whatever he wanted to hear in order to live. How many people have died because of a similar situation. Thousands? Tens of thousands? Hundreds? The point is, more than we can remember. They did not become legends and perhaps many more were not saved because of their "heroism" for the faith.
Personally, the Truth I stand on is the absolute truth of the Word and love of God. However, I'm not claiming to be a super human because of it. I'm also not going to lie and say "I'd die for my faith."
If tested, I don't think I would. I'd just get better at hiding it.
(On the other hand, I'd take a bullet for my child without a split-second thought.)