Yes it's true, God knew before He created the universe the 200 were gonna die. Even the guy who wrote the New Testament said: "I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;" Philippians 1:23. The 200 that died ended up "better by far".
Then what are you Christians still doing here? If you honestly believe it's better in the next life, then there is nothing here for you here. Go there. Be with your Jesus. It makes no sense for you to stay here.
^^^^ Indeed. It's always been odd to me that you don't see a disproportionate amount of Christians lining up for those insanely dangerous/life-threatening jobs, considering their eagerness to get on with the "next life".
Things like nuclear waste transporter or bomb disposal expert or signing up for front-line infantry duty in the army, etc... Yet those jobs contain the exact same percentage of self-declared Christians as any other profession.
In fact, the only time you ever hear about a Christian intentionally putting themselves in harm's way or otherwise doing extreme things for their religion, it's the certifiably crazy ones... The ones who kill all their kids or blow up an abortion clinic and then sit in jail with a big smile on their face saying "Do what you want to me, I don't care, my actions made me right with the LORD and I only answer to HIM!!!"
Have to give the point to Islam on the How-Much-Do-You-REALLY-Believe-And-How-Far-Will-You-Go-To-Proove-It??? front. Praying FIVE TIMES A DAY!? Now *that* is devotion.
And the "radical" ones (AKA truly faithful fundamentalists)??? Those wack-a-loons can't get themselves killed quick enough by all acounts. It's freaking raining martyr parts on the daily in some places on Earth! Now THOSE people truly *believe*.
Course, could just be the bribes of virgins and a payday. But still.
Maybe Christians are just in need of a better incentive than the "Hang out at Yahweh's left hand for all eternity and praise Him!" thing in order to get really excited about the idea... Because it seems like none of them are in a terrible rush to get there. Can't say I blame them of course; if I believed in that stuff, s**t. Heaven sounds like some kind of hell to me. Just tight-asses and sycophants and brown-nosers and holier-than-thou types as far as the eye can see? No thanks.
Muslims on the other hand... They get 72 virgins. And their family's usually get paid around 20 grand USD $ by whatever terrorist organization err I mean congregation the Islamic martyr was a part of.
The women aren't promised anything from what I understand, so they're not exploding themselves at QUITE the rate their menfolk are - something like a 1,000:1 ratio maybe. Which is weird, because life pretty much sucks if you're a Muslim woman in an extremist theocractic country, so you'd think they'd be literally dying to escape that oppression and get to "the next place"... How much worse could it be?
Anyway, I think most non-Christians would agree (Christians obviously being biased in this situation), Muslims come across much much MUCH more serious about and devoted to their religion. I mean, if Christianity installed some new piece of dogma where you had to stop what you were doing in order to pray 5 times a day, I think you'd see church numbers drop dramatically. Especially with Western Christians, they'd just find it too inconvenient and intrusive.
And there's a *VERY* important difference between Christian prayer and Islamic prayer that also explains why stopping to pray 5 times a day works for one religion and would never work for the other, but it has nothing to do with the topic at hand, so I won't get into it.
But demanding prayer 5 times a day... BRILLIANT move to reinforce indoctrination. How many Christians do you know who only *really* practice their religion seriously on Sundays? Probably a lot. One day out of a week? As opposed to 5 times a day, EVERY day? It's no wonder Muslims are more devoted and thus, more ready to die for their beliefs.
With Christianity, the overwhelming majority of the members are really just paying lip service. They're certainly not about to go get themselves killed for something they only half-heartedly believe in. Not that I blame 'em. I wouldn't either.