Death is one of those subjects that may seem taboo to some and normal to others. I remember one of my teachers asking us in my class, if we were afraid of dying. The main Conesus was that we were all afraid of how we were going to die.
WE as mankind fear what we don’t know, which is why death can be scary to some.
I remember in the Dark Knight Rises (I know, I know another Batman reference), when Bruce Wayne was still in the pit after trying to escape. Now, more than once, Bruce was told that he does not fear death, he embraces it. Sometimes, when life gets too much, you do embrace it. Bruce realized that his biggest fear was dying while Gotham was destroyed. Now, during the times that he attempted to escape, he climbed with a rope. This time, he was told to make the climb without the rope and then fear will find him again. Yes, I could tell that he was scared stiff of climbing that wall and then making that jump, because if he missed, then it would be a fatal fall. (Ironically, he fakes his death after saving Gotham, interesting right?)
We all fear what we don’t see, understand, and the unknown circumstances of what is to come. Which is why, we as humans fear death. But sometimes, the fear of death or of anything really can become a motivator.
Now, in order to fully understand the concept of death, we need to understand what the definition of death is.
Death means separation of the soul from the body, but what a lot of people don’t know is that there is more than one type of death, in fact there are 3 types: Physical, Spiritual, and Second Death.
Let’s start with the death that we are all familiar with.
Now, when we think about physical death in the medical sense, it’s cardiac arrest, because the heart has stopped beating, major organ failure, or the brain is no longer active.
My father had a massive heart attack one time and only 15% of his heart was working. He survived and was medically induced to a coma, so that his body and the remaining heart can rest from the trauma. Ultimately, after being given a pacemaker, he recovered and everything was cool. He didn’t die, because it wasn’t time for him to die yet.
Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”
We all have an appointment time to leave this earthly realm.
My father had another heart attack about 3 years later and it was back to back and when the Doctor checked on him after putting a stint in him, he informed us that my dad passed away. As a child of anyone, a part of you dies when you lose someone, such as a parent. I still feel the hurt of losing him. Good news is, I know I will see him again.
God has the ultimate authority over our lives, our birth and our death. He is the author and finisher, because he is our Creator. Because my dad has a relationship with Christ, that assurance was my relief in knowing that I will see him again.
Another example of knowing that God has the authority of death is me.
According to my mom, when I was about 3 years old, I walked out into the street and was hit by a truck. She said that she saw this Spirit moved me out of the way. She said it was an Angel. I remember some things that happened at age 3, but I can tell you that I don’t remember being hit by a truck. But I realize as I got older, especially after I gave my life to Christ is that, it wasn’t my time to leave yet. God had a plan and purpose over my life that had not being completed yet. I’m the author of a Christian Blog, I think it’s safe to say that his purpose for my life is happening.
There were also times, when I attempted suicide (I have Bipolar Disorder type 2) and had to be treated (in anyone with a mental illness, suicide thoughts or/and the attempt is taken seriously), because it meant that something wasn’t right. The weird thing was, I was saved with those attempts, but through God’s strength I was able and coherent enough to listen to the Holy Spirit as he told me to stop.
Ok, the word on the street is that if someone commits suicide that you automatically go to hell. That is not true and the bible says nothing about that. Even when I was attempting to end my life by my hand, I knew I would not go to hell, because I was in Christ. I was still saved. I was still a Christian. I knew absent from the body, to be present with the Lord. There were reasons why I didn’t want to live anymore and once I let go and let God do his thing and listen I was good and I was able to forgive the situation that led me to want to end my life.
Even though, I wanted to die by my hand, God still is the authority over death. He drew breath into our bodies and he has our appointment time of death. Why do you think that “attempted” is in front of suicide or even homicide? It wasn’t successful, because it’s not the appointed time for your physical death.
Ok, so let’s go back to suicide and automatic damnation. If you commit suicide as a believer and it is successful, you will not go to hell.
1 John 5:13 says “ I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.”
Romans 8:38-39 says that “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Suicide does not determine your entrance into Heaven or Hell. Whatever you believe in does. The only thing suicide determines is that no one is exempt from the despair and struggles of the mind and that Satan has just taking an advantage.
If you die a physical death, such as suicide, homicide, or natural causes, as an unbeliever, you basically did nothing but just speed up the process of you going to hell. You are in hell, because you rejected the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.
If you die a physical death, such as suicide, homicide, or natural causes, as a believer, then you know to be “Absent from the body, Present with the Lord”(2 Corinthians 5:6-8) Your soul/spirit go to heaven to be with Christ immediately, while our physical bodies sleep and of course, we will one day have a glorified body (Philippians 1:23)
Ok, so I pray that everyone has gotten a better understanding about the Physical Death. Next time we will discuss the Spiritual Death.
The week of May 18, this Boho-Punk Christian is taking a well-deserved vacation, which means also a vacation from writing on the blog. My Boss gave me the week off. And if it’s his will, I will tweet my fun. Just pray for my safe travels to and from and that the entire trip is successful. Thank you in advance.