With people dropping like flies from shootings, global heath threats, drugs, and random accidents it brings up the popular question “Why do people have to die?” With me believing there is more to this life than what we can just see and knowing that there is Gods Holy Truth in the Bible (better than any other truth out there) I also wanted to know “What does the Bible say about death?”
100% of people who are born, die. Just look at all of History, every time a human baby has been born, it has also died. Your grandparents were born, and they also will die (if they haven’t already), same with your parents, and you for that matter. The reason can be found in Genesis 3 when Adam (The first man) ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and simply stated death exist because of Sin. Death is when something ceases to have life. Here is a study on mortality rates in different countries done in 2016(https://academic.microsoft.com/paper/2142472354/reference%MCEPASTEBIN%). In short it doesn’t only analyze what causes people to die but how fast they do in different countries.
What is death caused by?
The answer you get depends on who you ask, most people will say “born to die” which is pathetic considering it still doesn’t answer the question. Others might say “To help in the process of furthering the evolutionary chain”, but how does death help the progression of life? It doesn’t. For the most part people have no clue why death exists. In Romans 5:12 KJV The Bible says “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Meaning that all people die because of one man disobeying God. Sounds far out but so does the nutty idea that the human race is getting better by dying.
Names of death
There are a few ways people refer to death in the Bible. The most obvious being “death” but there are also several other ways the Bible refers death such as:
Returning to dust: Genesis 3:19 KJV “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” This verse occurs after Adam has eaten of the fruit and is cast out of the garden.
Removal from tabernacle: 2 Corinthians 5:1 KJV “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” This passage is refers to what happens to the bodies and souls of saved Christians.
Sleep: John 11:11-14 KJV “These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.” After The Lord Jesus Christ got chased off and crossed the Jordan near where John baptized The Lord Jesus Christ.
Yielding up the ghost: Genesis 25:8 KJV “Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.“(not in any other version)
John 19:30 KJV “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.“
Types of death
In the Bible there is a lot of death. It’s a bloody book from Genesis to Revelation. Just like there are many things that have two meanings in the Bible such as wine see here. There are also two types of death. A physical death more commonly seen with the names above but there is also a Death of the Soul, after the physical death. The Bible says in Revelation 20:14 KJV “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” Meaning the death we all have before us isn’t the only one that can be experienced. There is a spiritual death that happens after that.
You may be wondering now how you can avoid this second death when God will say “Depart” and your soul is sent to hell. The Bible says John 3:7b “… Ye must be born again.” How can I be born again? Acts 8:37a “… If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest.” All you need to do is admit you’re a sinner, believe on Christ, and confess to God that you have done this and “Thou shalt be saved”. The bible says every knee shall bow. Do it now so you’re not forced to after you die and before you are sent into a lake of fire.
All our bodies go too the same sized hole, where is your soul going?
I can’t wallow in the loss that happened in my life, I will see them again one day. I just hope all I’m doing will be worth it for The Lord Jesus Christ and all the people he put into my life.
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