Any religion that in some way bases it's beliefs on the Bible, whether correctly or incorrectly, would understand that martyrdom, post death, results in the second death having no power over them.
So, it is a privelege to die as a martyr for Christ.
I am not so sure I can agree with that, BA.
According to this scripture, it would seem to me that the Bride of Christ are the ones who survive through the great tribulation.
Matthew 24: 30 "And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory.
31 "And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.
And also this:
Luke 12:39 "But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
the key here is that "he would not have allowed his house to be broken into." It seems Jesus is instructing certain ones to not allow the plan of the thief to take place. Also in another scripture, it says if we are aware it will not be like thief in night because we will have some prior knowledge and recognition of the situation.
35 "Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit.
So could it be, that some people will "recognize" an actual alarm and a need to respond in a certain manner. Could it be that the 5 "lazy" virgins are the ones who do not heed the call to intuitive instruction?
If two are in the field, and one is taken; or two are in the bed, and one is taken (and I think both Luke and matthew say they are taken to their deaths) If you knew that some sneak attack was about to take place...according to what Jesus has said here, would it not be appropriate to plan a course of action to foil those plans? Because of all this "instruction and warning" I see martyrdom as being disobedient and not listening.
Btw..you know I am not talking about being disobedient to any organization. I am talking about not listening to your intutition when you have a strong pull.