Jesus himself told us not to fear what man can do to our mortal body and that the servant is not greater than his master. And also to follow him (to the cross). And the entire New Testament is devoted to our awaiting in faith a New Body that is spiritual in the heavens. I don't want to remain in a mortal body. And I don't see why you find this strange.
What about all the many things Jesus said about not loving our lives unto death, etc....???
It took me a long time to understand what Jesus was calling us to do. Christians have been taught to be passive, to go along with [evil] 'authority,' to prefer death to life.
Why would a man who told us he had came to give us abundant life choose to go to death on the cross? Do you think he would have done that if he didn't know it was so that we could inherit life? He told us to not be afraid of death, but did he tell us to choose death? No. He told us to choose life.
Our God is all about life, not death!
There is a real enemy, one who chooses death for others. One who continually slams the door of the kingdom in the faces of those trying to enter in. One who chooses tyranny over liberty, death over life, war over peace. One whose sole purpose is to make this life a living hell for others.
Do you really think we have to live this way by some law of the universe? Or have we forgotten the teachings of our God to love God and love our neighbor? To fight this tyranny, yes, we have to take up our cross and follow him, and it might mean death, but we are not to be afraid, just like those fighting Hitler were not to be afraid. We are to follow him fearlessly into all truth, no matter what the cost to us, because only in this way can we make heaven on earth. The choice is ours now, because he has given it to us.
This is a battle for the minds of men, not a battle of flesh against flesh.
Deuteronomy 30:19I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: