With all that is going on in our world there is a greater focus on death than ever before. The news is full of the statistics about how many have died and how many may die soon. This focus on the reality of death is something that we just aren't used to in our culture - and when placed alongside the unknown of will I be next or will it happen to someone I love, the fear of death can easily start to worry and consume us.
Is it good or bad to be afraid of dying?
If the fear of death has no positive outcome and no solution then it is simply crippling in its affect on us... it robs us of the joy of living now by becoming all we can think about, affecting our every thought, plan and decision.
If the fear of death drives us to a good solution then it can be a really useful short-term fear. It can drive us to take helpful actions to make death less likely, making us more careful in following guidelines about how to keep the virus away from ourselves and those we love.
When fear of death makes us think about what is beyond death then that is also something really good. So many people ignore this really important question, rarely thinking about what happens next.
Jesus had a lot to say about life after death - he wanted people to be both afraid of dying and also not afraid of dying...
- To make us afraid of dying, Jesus warned people that there is a God who will judge us all when we die and as none of us are perfect none of us will earn a place in heaven.
- But to make us not afraid of dying, Jesus explained that if we believe in Him and follow Him then, instead of being judged by God, we will be completely forgiven and be given a free pass to heaven. A follower of Jesus therefore has no reason to be afraid of death... in fact life after death becomes something to be excited about because it will be so much better than life here.
It would be great to chat with you about death and the fear of dying. We are happy to answer any questions you have and help you to find more hope and purpose, and to pray with you if that is something you would like.
Think about the spiritual you
Do you believe there is a God? Have you ever spent time trying to learn about who Jesus is, what he did and why he did it?
When people believe that Jesus loves them and is interested in them it gives them a bigger picture of the world around them and of what life is all about. It gives them a new hope and a new focus outside of themselves. The more you get to know Jesus the more you will know and understand how much he cares about you and what is happening in your life – We have a free App that will help you to find out about Jesus for yourself.