September 27th, 2011

No Fear to Death

” Every  religion believes in eternity–another life.
This life on earth is not the end.
People who believe it is the end, fear death.
If it was properly explained that death was nothing but going home to God, then there would be no fear of death.”

from the Joy in Loving by Mother Teresa

I wonder if death is something like birth.  Delivering a baby is scary and has pain, but once it’s over, there is a new life.  Just like that, after death, we can enter God’s kingdom with a new life.

“Endless must be our terror, until we come heart to heart with the fire-core of the universe, the first and the last and the living One.” –George MacDonald

Yes.  If we hold on to God who created this universe, our fear ceases.

“It is when tomorrow’s burden is added to the burdeon of today, that the weight is more than a man can bear.
Never load yourselves so, my friends.  If you find yourselves so loaded, at least remember this; it is your doing, not God’s.
He begs you to leave the future to Him.” (George MacDonald from Annals of Quiet Neighbourhood)

At last, Paul, who was prisoned, tortured, and martyred, said as follows in a letter to the Philippian church.

“I’m torn between two desires; sometimes I want to live, and sometimes I long to go and be with Christ.  That would be far better for me, but it is better for you that I live.” (Philippians 1:23-24)
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)