Do you fear death?
Death is a subject many people fear. Maybe it's because they don't know much about it. They might relate death to pain and suffering. If we are to be comfortable with the idea of death, then we must first know more about it.
Death is a very unnatural occurance, no matter what we've been told. How do we know? If we're familiar, at all, with the story of Adam and Eve, in the bible, then we know that they were originally meant to live forever, in a paradise earth. Furthermore... if they had not disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, then they would have remained in that state of everlasting life on earth. They made a decision, though, to disobey what God asked them not to do... eat from the tree of knowledge of good and bad.
By taking this step, venturing out on their own, they solidified for future generations of mankind the course of life that leads to death. Unfortunately, we had no say in the matter. We are offspring of Adam; therefore, we inherited sin... and, along with sin, death.
Now, that really doesn't sound too promising... does it? There actually is a brighter side to death, if you can look at it that way. Where do we go when we die? Are we just dead, and that's it? Does part of our body go one place, while the rest of us goes somewhere else? There are so many, different beliefs out there; it's difficult to tell which is the truth and which ones are made up.
Turn to the scripture (in your bible) found at Genesis 3:19. This is what God said to Adam. "In the sweat of your face you will eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are and to dust you will return." So... according to this scripture, we're to believe that, when we die, our physical body will return to the dust. Note: Adam and Eve were not relegated to "hell" for what they'd done, but they were punished by death (and the fact that, their ancestors would inherit it, as well).
Now that we know what happens to the physical body, at death, let's move on to something else many wonder. Is there "somewhere else..." another place we might go, at death? Many religions teach that you will, either, go to heaven or hell when you die. Is this what you believe? Without sounding preachy and boring, I will simply say this: if you read your bible and truly understand the things you've read, you will know that- yes... there IS a literal heaven. As for hell, that's another story. I will leave you will this simple question: does it even begin to make sense that, a God who LOVES us (is the EPITOME of love!), a God who is called (in the bible) "a happy God," a God who sends his ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON to earth to save us... does it REALLY make any sense that He would send us to a firey place of torment, to burn and be tortured forever? No, it does not. Do the research in your spare time, and you will be surprised what you find.
Another belief that many have, is... the earth will be destroyed. Is this also something you believe? From a common sense point of view... would anyone create something as beautiful and so precious as the earth, only to turn around and destroy it? Sounds crazy, doesn't it? Read the scripture found at Psalms 37:29. This will prove my point. In a nutshell, the scripture says... the meek shall inherit the earth and they will reside forever upon it. Now, does that sound like God is planning on destroying the earth? Most certainly not!
In the end, we should have no fear of death or what will happen after death. God promises us that he loves us, we are his children and we are to inherit the earth (if we follow his lead). It's quite the opposite to hear that, we only have heaven/hell to look forward to and the rest is a well-hidden secret. God is not deceptive, not sneaky, not a liar and not evil. Satan the devil is that, and then some.
So... I really hope this puts into perspective the reality of death. It's so much more comforting to know the truth and the hope we have to look forward to.
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