I’ve been thinking a lot about death lately. Not in an awkward gothic teenager stage type of way but in a “what does it actually mean” kind of way.
Is it really a “bad” thing? It happens to everyone and everything. It is inevitable that if you are born, you will die. Statistics say that 100% of all people die. That’s pretty high. Death has always been a part of life.
In the Christian Scriptures the book of Hebrews explains that the fear of death has enslaved us all.
“… the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself…and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death.”
This, in my opinion, goes along with what the Apostle Paul said:
” The last enemy to be destroyed is death“. 1 Corinthians 15:26
It’s the enemy because of the fear it brings, not because it’s evil or bad within itself.
Jesus even tells Nicodemus one must be “born again” to experience the kingdom of God here on earth (John 3). That means we must die to experience the fullness of heaven.
So to Jesus, death is essential. Of course Jesus was talking metaphorically here but whether physical or spiritual, death seems to be a part of the journey and not something to be feared.
Jesus shows us that its nothing to be feared because with death comes resurrection and new life. So the fear of death is supposed to become extinct as we live for the here and now. Jesus called this living in the kingdom of God and the Apostle Paul called it salvation.
When we trust Jesus, there is no fear of death but instead just living from what we all naturally are. Which, in the christian tradition, we believe are partakers of the Divine nature in complete union with God.
Do trees worry about death? Do animals? No. They just live and do what they were made to do. We can see it throughout nature and the entire cosmos really. A tree is born in soil, the tree grows and sprouts seeds, the seeds drop and create new life, all this life creates oxygen that fills the sky and sustains other life, the tree grows old and dies and falls to the earth, it decays and as the termites, beetles and worms eat to sustain their life, it becomes new soil for the new seedlings, creating new life again and so on and so forth. This cycle is true with every living creature, particle, atom ect. in the entire universe. Through death it becomes one with the life force that once sustained it and still sustains life through its very death by becoming the soil. The cycle never ends. It’s truly spectacular if you think about it.
Without the fear of death we are free to be ourselves. Free of ego. Free to partake in the divine nature that is connected to every living creature that has ever existed. Like a tree, we will flower and grow and eventually wither and die and be resurrected to new life. So death, whether physical, spiritual or emotional, isn’t the end but the beginning of transformation into our true selves.
So is death bad? It sure is scary, but with the understanding that without death there is no resurrection,there is no new life, there is no being “born again”, it seems more scary not to die, whether physically or spiritually, than to die.