The Christians 72 Virgins

With the news of Osama Bin Laden’s execution comments have been made about the belief that there are 72 virgins awaiting those who die as combatants for Muslim supremacy. For those who hold to the traditional Judeo Christian faith the hedonistic concept of this reward seems trite and more unrighteous than holy and unworthy of divine distribution. But if we consider the concept of many who are sure of their conversion, professing the sacrifice of Christ on Calvary as the only way to heaven, it is intriguing that their objective of reaching eternal bliss rests upon purely carnal interests.

Heaven has always been a fascinating subject in the Christian consciousness. It is looked upon as the reward for those who have gone through a spiritual transformation. The fundamental Biblical belief is that one enters into the work of Christ on the cross and finds forgiveness and cleansing through the sacrifice God made of his son Jesus. Those who accept this gift of God are allowed to enter into this paradise God has specially designed and constructed for them.

It is easy to lose sight of an important fact; heaven is about Jesus, not about mansions, streets of gold, crowns, harps and robes. All those things provide elements of interest, but far too often they seem to become the motive and not the fringe amenities.  

There are many profound differences between the jihadist and the Christ based faith of redemption, but we need to be diligent with regards to that which energizes our interests related to eternity.

Jimmy Davis wrote a powerful song titled, I Bowed on My Knees, which conveys the truth all believers need to come to terms with, heaven is all about Jesus, and when we get there all the grand amenities will seem so insignificant.

Carefully read the words and if you want to be blessed check out the Gaither Vocal Band’s cut of the song. http://youtu.be/61WSyMjXEOM

I dreamed of a city called Glory,
So bright and so fair.
When I entered that gate I cried, “Holy”
The angels all met me there:
They carried me from mansion to mansion,
And oh what sights I saw.
But I said, “I want to see Jesus,
He’s the One who died for all.”

As I entered the gates of that city,
My friends all knew me well.
They took me down the streets of Heaven;
O, the scenes to numerous to tell;
I saw Abraham, Jacob and Isaac,
Mark, Luke and Timothy.
But I said, “I want to see Jesus,
The one who died for me.

Chorus
Then I bowed on my knees and cried,
“Holy, Holy, Holy.”
Then I clapped my hands and sang, “Glory,
Glory to the Son of God.”  

Radical terrorist no doubt transition into eternity and find that many things are sadly different than what they had anticipated. For those who have come to trust the Way, know the Truth and enter into the Life, eternity will be much different as well, but in a good way. We cannot comprehend what heaven holds. Paul tells a group of believers in Corinth, often believed to be a rather carnal assembly, that they had no comprehension of eternity in 1 Corinthians 2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Don’t let heaven become just a Judeo-Christian version of 72 virgins. It is much, much more. It is a great eternal union with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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6 responses to “The Christians 72 Virgins

  1. Bradley Hill

    Hey…great post! 🙂

  2. Rhonda Vorhees

    Very enlighting, and so true. Thank you

  3. Darla

    Great insight on the whole news flash! I pray that people learn from this and I also pray that Eyes will be opened to see the light of Jesus!

  4. Jon Pietschman

    “Don’t let heaven become just a Judeo-Christian version of 72 virgins. It is much, much more. It is a great eternal union with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” How powerfully stated and a needed reminder of how much we are influenced by our consumer culture.

  5. Tim

    Good reminder that Heaven will be Heaven, not because of the streets of gold, gates of pearl, etc, but because of Jesus’ presence. Heaven will be so brilliant, because Jesus is the Light of the World. Heaven will be lovely, because God is love. The Bible promises, “…and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” WOW!

    But I also see the motivation from Christ to “lay up treasures in Heaven.” I have to admit that I am looking forward to the rewards I will receive too. I really want to earn a heavenly crown! If I get one, I am planning on casting it back at the feet of Jesus and crying out, “Thou art worthy!”

    • Thank you for your insight. I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. God has definitely provided us with spiritual incentives each much more amazing than we can imagine, but the greatest of the rewards is to be with Jesus the one who will satisfy all our dreams and desires.

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