When you own and operate a jewelry store, you do business with people from all walks of life, and you learn that their reasons for buying, owning, and wearing jewelry are as numerous as the stars in the sky. Nowhere is this more apparent than for those individuals who choose to wear Christian jewelry. For some, religious jewelry is a simple, outward expression of their faith, while for others it’s an intensely personal and private reflection of their beliefs. The variety of inspirational jewelry available can be mind-boggling, particularly for those unfamiliar with the various items worn by members of the Catholic faith.
Religious medals are a staple of Catholic life, as are crucifixes and rosaries. Each has a personal meaning to the individual who owns it, and those who aren’t familiar with these types of religious jewelry may assume it’s a form of idolatry. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The New Testament reflects much more specific revelation from God of the afterlife. Yet there are some strong Old Testament indicators, though not nearly as many.
Job had the assurance that although he was going to be eaten by worms, he would receive a new body and in that body would actually see God face to face, obviously conscious. In Job 19:25-27 he says that “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!”