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Gerard de VosCreated by Gerard de Vos
on 02-02-2008
Category: Bible related
Why must we die?

Would you like to continue living in your circumstances in this broken world, for ever? God’s provision of death is one of His merciful acts. Fortunately all men die (“Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” - Hebrews 9:27), but the idea is not very appealing. Death was instituted after Adam disobeyed God’s command not to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil - Genesis 2:17. The death of the first man and his later descendants, is recorded in Genesis 5:5,6,11... - “Adam lived 930 years, and then he died” ....

Life on this earth is characterized by inequalities - some are rich, noble, clever, educated, and blessed in happily married families. Others are less fortunate. No baby can chooses its parents, sex, family, economic situation, race or country. He/she has to take it as it comes. This inequality is temporary. Death levels everyone. Whether one is rich, poor, blessed, or whatever, everyone dies. Once in a coffin, we are all equal - dead.

But after death inequality once again commences. That phase, in the life hereafter, is permanent. It will never change again. One will either be very blessed with God on the new earth, or absolutely miserable with the devil in the pool of fire, realizing one blew it.

The function of death is to give all people an equal opportunity to change the inequality of this life by making wise decisions about life after death. This is one of the mercies of God: He does not leave us to live for ever in our given circumstances. Life on earth is the opportunity to personally choose, by one’s own free will, one’s eternal circumstances. No one is excluded. Anyone may accept God’s conditions to be saved from eternal hell by accepting the death of Jesus Christ for sin on his/her behalf. After that comes the preparation for God’s eternal Kingdom. That is called sanctification by the Holy Spirit.

Though death looms, sometimes as a frightening reality, who really wants to live with fear, stress, old age, sickness, crime and other evils for millions of years? Death is an act of God’s mercy, especially for those who are prepared and are looking forward to the life after death.

"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinth 1:27