We took birth on the Earth to have these unique experiences and in the process also dared to break the laws and witness the other extremes. In such adventures, it is possible to lose our way and get stuck and a similar thing happened to us. At a stage of its exploration and evolution, the Soul wanted to experience multiple realities simultaneously, still being present in our Cosmos of duality and Maya. God consented and this gave rise to the concept of the Higher Self.
We think of death as a terrible loss, not a gain. Sometimes, if the person was suffering a great deal, we say that death was merciful, since it released them from their pain. But normally, we view death as tragic and we go to great effort and expense to hang on to life for as long as possible.
Also, we tend to avoid thinking or talking about death unless it is absolutely necessary. When author William Saroyan was within days of his own death from cancer inhe issued this statement to the Associated Press: But, as has often been stated, a person is not ready to live unless he is ready to die.
To live properly, we must live purposefully, and always in view of both the certainty of death and the uncertainty of when it will occur.
Many of the great Christians of the past thought often about death. Jonathan Edwards, as a young man, wrote down 70 resolutions which he read weekly to help keep his life focused. As I developed last week, the apostle Paul was clear on his purpose: But, what does this mean?
We first must consider what Paul did not hate life. To the contrary, he was filled with joy, even though his circumstances were difficult 1: He viewed life as sweet fellowship with Christ and the joy of serving Christ.
So he was not viewing life as tough and death as escape or relief. Sometimes when life is difficult, or when a person suffers from a chronic, painful disease, he longs for relief and may be tempted even to take his own life.
Sometimes even godly men get into such a state of depression that they would rather die than live. It does not exalt Christ, as Paul here wants his death to do.
It is always a selfish act, done in disregard of those left behind to grieve. Christians should love life and view it as an opportunity to serve the Lord thankfully. It is not wrong to seek to extend our lives through proper medical procedures when we face a life-threatening illness.
Because of modern medicine, there are difficult decisions that we may have to face for ourselves or with loved ones.
As a general rule, if a medical procedure will not restore a person to life, but only prolongs the process of dying, then it probably should not be used.
But as Christians, our motive for wanting to extend life should be so that we can further serve the Lord, not just so that we can enjoy ourselves. But, the point is, God wants us to live life to the fullest, to serve Him joyfully as long as we have life. Paul was not suicidal or morbid.
But he was expendable. He is saying here, that if God were to call him to heaven, that suited him just fine, because he knew he would be with the Lord. Until Christ returns, death is still our enemy that robs us of the presence of our loved ones.
As Christians, we do not grieve as those who have no hope 1 Thess. It is not unspiritual to grieve or weep at the death of a loved one. In two places in Scripture that I know of people were forbidden to grieve. Apparently their grief would have given the impression that Aaron and his other sons were on the side of the sons who died, over against the Lord.
God told Ezekiel he could groan silently, but he was not to shed tears or grieve outwardly, as a sign of the impending judgment on Judah Ezek. But clearly, this was an exceptional situation.
The norm is for Christians to grieve, and it is not a sign of weakness. If, by his faithful witness in dying, Paul could bear witness to the hope of the gospel, then he was ready to go. The time of death, for the believer, should be a time of bearing witness to the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.
These faithful martyrs viewed their deaths as a means of exalting Christ. The first to die was a godly pastor named John Rogers. He had not been allowed to see his family while he was held in prison.
On the way to his execution, his wife and ten children stood by the road.The Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC) educates and advocates for peace, challenges unjust local, national and global systems, and promotes the creation of a nonviolent society.
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This is an online version of a pamphlet for a Rossell Hope Robbins Library exhibition called "Oh Death!: Death, Dying and the Culture of the Macabre in the Late Middle Ages created by Emily Rebekah Huber.
The exhibit ran from October 31, to March 17,