I came across this article the other day:
Fox News: Bin Laden claimed $29M fortune, wanted it used ‘on jihad’
This quote caught my attention:
“If I am to be killed,” he wrote in a 2008 letter to his father, “pray for me a lot and give continuous charities in my name, as I will be in great need for support to reach the permanent home.”
One would think that a leader of such an organization would be pretty sure of their ways. If Bin Laden had supposedly accomplished so much for his religion, why did he need people to pray for him or give charities in his name to get to heaven? Where is his faith?
As Christians, our faith is different. There is no doubt or hoping. We don’t need people to pray us into heaven.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
One of the best examples is the story of the thief on the cross. The thief deserved to die on the cross and did not dispute that fact. Even so, Jesus says the thief will be in heaven that day:
Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
When Jesus was on the cross, He declared His work was finished. He had completely paid for my sin so that I could get to heaven:
John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
So, I am not depending on a person to help me get to heaven after I die. Jesus completed everything, and that is what I am relying on.