Why are men afraid of death?
Why do we who claim to love the Lord and all that He says is true, why do we fight the unexpected end called death?
Why is death a feared step in our walk?
Is death the end?
Does death mean its over when a soul quits breathing?
In my opinion.... People are scared of death because they don't know what's on the other side. Death isn't the end. It's a start of something great. I'm not scared of death myself.
There certainly is an "unknown" factor HC, I agree. Personally, I think it's better than most of us have been taught to fear.
There are varying views/interpretations on it. In the following scriptures, I personally see a main thread running - hope and trust, confidence that God is good and watches over His own. That's the blessed hope, that through knowing Him we will stand in His presence ready, covered by His blood - therefor counted as righteous. It's the blessed work of the cross in our lives, His grace applied, that nothing can separate us from Him; and though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we don't have to fear..He is with us.
But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don't know which is better. I'm torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me.
So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord
, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:6-8 [death is no longer the enemy of the believer, the spiritually reborn. His death and resurrection, and His grace applied to our lives, gives us the victory! It's to be in His presence! The Apostle Paul longed for it.
Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live
, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die
. [our spirit will return to Him and live on] Do you believe this?" John 11
he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead
, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. I peter 1:4,5
we know that when he appears we shall be like him
, because we shall see him as he is. I John 3:1,2
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil
, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. Psalm 23:4 [He is with us, no matter what - whether we live or die, all is well]Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
Psalm 116:15 [we'll be home with Him, our good loving Father]
For I am sure that neither death
nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's
. Romans 14:8
Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Blessed indeed," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors
, for their deeds follow them!"
Blessings and comfort.