The religion of the righteous virgins
Virtually all modern scholars of antiquity agree that Jesus existed, and most biblical scholars and classical historians see the theories of his non-existence as effectively refuted.
The only two events subject to almost universal scholarly agreement are that
- Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist; and
- Jesus was crucified by the order of the Roman Prefect Pontius Pilate.
of Jesus, and his crucifixion
, are considered to be two historically certain facts
about Jesus [1
There are radical differences between Jesus the martyr, and jihadist martyrs, and these show the stark contrast that exists between Christianity and Islam:
- Jesus did not suffer martyrdom for himself, while jihadists suffer martyrdom for their own benefit only.
- Jesus suffered martyrdom to advance people of almost any religious tradition (this will be shown to be the truth further below), while jihad is religious duty strictly for the purpose of advancing Islam only.
- To a Muslim martyr or shahid, the ultimate purpose of martyrdom isn't suicide, which is actually against Islam, but to kill infidels in battle. Yes, to kill non-Muslims in battle, and I'm not making this up. Either Islam is the religion of peace, or the religion of jihad; it can't be both, since the purpose of jihad is not suicide, but to kill infidels in battle. The purpose of ijtihad may be different, because you can accomplish that only by continuing to live in the search of truth. Moreover, the jihadist philosophy is not only followed by people who are not at all interested in determining whether jihad is true Islam, or not, but also by secularists, agnostics, and even atheists , but not by true or authentic Christians, as Jesus was a religious Jew with strong philosophical differences against the Sadducees and the Pharisees , and he never killed or was violent against anyone, even the money changers, the precursors of modern banking who Jesus despised. Yes, Jesus died to save people on Judgement Day, not in order to kill people.
- A Muslim martyr is encouraged with liberal promises of earthy rewards in Heaven, including tasty food, and dark-eyed virgins. Jesus, on the other hand, promises some dark-eyed virgins that they will be at least part of the marriage feast in the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13). It isn't young males who are promised anything specific in Christianity, but actually young females!
- In the Holy Bible, a born again Jesus, who once died as a martyr, will be met by 10 virgins on Earth; in Islamic Traditions, the Muslim martyr will find 72 virgins in Heaven. Islam has great rewards for dead people, while Christianity has more modest rewards for the living. As further evidence of this, Jesus himself said that his God  is the God of the living, not the God of the dead.
- In the Holy Bible, a born again Jesus will welcome only 5 of the 10 virgins on his way to the marriage feast! No, Christianity is not the religion that merely praises virginity. Like the oil used in the 10 torches of the virgins of the parable, even virginity can be purchased on the market today if you have enough money. The kind of oil required to become part of the marriage feast of Jesus, on the other hand, is one that is accumulated drop by drop in righteous living, for every day the virgin patiently awaits for Jesus' return.
- In the Parable of the Ten Virgins, Jesus does not deceive, since he promises the virgins he will be late in his return — because of patience, since he wants to save, not destroy . The Muslim martyr never promises he will come late, but soon — because of impatience, since he wants to destroy, not save.
So you see, Islam praises dead virgins only, while Christianity is the religion that praises living virgins only, that are also righteous. You can just happen to be a virgin, but you can't just happen to be righteous. Righteousness is no accident.
So there are at least two religions for the monotheist, or single God-believing virgin: one religion which could make you both wrong
(you could be wrong if you think Jesus was not crucified, even though it is one of the only two historically certain facts about Jesus), and dead
(the only way you can spend time with a dead man is by being dead, I think...); and the other religion which allows you to be right
(that's what being 'righteous' means), and alive
(that is breathing, even staring Jesus straight into his eyes, as all eyes
shall see the return of Jesus).
So which martyr's marriage feast do you wish to potentially attend, o righteous virgin?
Yes, it is true that not even all righteous virgins would be fit for the Lord of lords, and King of kings. But even if you don't get the Grand Prize himself, it is much better to be at his marriage feast eating tasty food, and still being in great company, than to be planning your own funeral, I think!
The Bishop of the Cesidian Church (contact), and the author of this article, was ordained as a non-denominational Minister by Rose Ministries, and was consecrated as non-denominational Bishop by Saint Luke Evangelical Christian Ministries. He was later ordained as an Independent Catholic Priest and Bishop by the Universal One Church. The Bishop of the Cesidian Church was also ordained as a Native American Medicine Man or Traditional Leader, and later consecrated as a Certified Minister and Practitioner of the Sacred Order of Lehb of the Native American Church of the Nemenhah Indigenous Traditional Organization. The Cesidian Church is Nazorean, or simply Cesidian. The word Cesidian comes from the name Cesidio, which is not really a name of Latin origin, but of Osco-Umbrian, Sabellic, or Italic origin, and which was originally written from right-to-left (not left-to-right), and pronounced Kaisiris.