Wednesday, July 4, 2012

What Is Death?

So I have been doing some thinking since my last post and I have decided that I left it unfinished, that it was harsh, and that in places I stated things wrong...perhaps I should even not have posted it because it does sound so offensive "It's not God's fault. He knows how you feel because not only did His Son die, but millions of His children die all the time"..that makes it sound like I'm saying that it could be our fault that GOD---our CREATOR blames us for His broken heart, and in some cases He may but generally speaking He does not. He blames His arch nemesis Satan (which by the way means "adversary" or even "enemy"). Not so much us. We are His and we always will be...we need only accept His gift of grace..that we could never deserve.

That being said I wanted to write about what death really is. I wanted to shed some light on death.

Is death punishment?  Is death simply when the soul leaves the body? Or is there more to it?
There is more to it...alot more. According to the Christian Scriptures, death is appointed to all people. We do not know when we will die, nor do we know how. All we know is that we will, one day, die. Our bodies will then be buried and decay. But is this punishment? Is this the death God told Adam about in the Garden of Eden? The answer to that question is "no".

We know from Scripture that God told Adam that he would die at that moment if he ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. But we also know that Adam did not die at that point. On the contrary he lived to be far over 900 years old according to Genesis. So alright he didn't die then. Does that mean that death indeed existed before the Fall of Man? Yes. Indeed it did. If it didn't, imagine all the overpopulation we would have on this planet (not to mention Adam is implied to have known what death was). So if that's the case, and Adam lived on even though God said he would die, and death existed before the fall, what death am I talking about?

This death is the death of the soul. The soul is immortal so it cannot die. Contradictory statements? On the surface, yes. But if we look deeper, we can see God's message. The death of the soul is spoken of all throughout Scripture. This is the punishment God spoke of to Adam, and what Paul spoke of in the letter to the Romans (6:23) when he said the wages of sin is death. This death is actually judgement. This death is "hell". This death is "the lake of fire". This death is in all actuality, the eternal separation of the human soul and body from God--not just from the Person of God, but from all that He provides: light, food, friends, family, air, love, beauty, and the list goes on. In this death...this will indeed be like a worm that never dies, an eternal pit of white hot fire, or never ending loneliness, or everlasting darkness.

But how can we be sure we won't have to face this death? The answer has been said billions of times throughout the centuries. Accept God's free gift of salvation...God's righteousness (his declaration of your sinlessness). And then live as He has asked you to live (in other words, stop living in a way that dishonors God). So many people say that you have to stop sinning. Geez if it meant that we would go to "hell" every time we sinned, that would mean that God's "free gift of grace" would be useless, according to the definition of grace, which is forgiveness even before you sin. However we still must repent of that sin and do our best to not do it anymore.

Alright so we have an answer to what real death is, but what about the babies who die? So many think that they are somehow are being punished for some could they sin? They are innocent children who have no understanding of anything except that they exist.
No these little ones are not being punished for anything. So why do they die? Why does God allow such things to happen? I assure you that this is nothing against the child or the parent or anyone else. God is the creator of life. God owns all things...that means that that child is His as well...and so are you. If a child dies, we may not understand God's motive, but we must simply trust that that child is happy and is in the ever loving arms of God, no suffering as s/he was here, and we will see that little one again...It is, in all cases, a matter of trust in the Creator.

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