There are many kinds of fears we can feel at the thought of death. Sure, there are many ways to die, and everyone eventually will die; but there are different reasons that people fear death.

There are some people who fear death because they fear what comes after. There are some who fear death because they don’t want to leave the earth yet. There are those who fear death because they are afraid for others who may never hear of God’s love if they aren’t there to tell them. If you don’t fear death for yourself, or for others, you are secure in your salvation, your eternity is certain, but you believe God saved just you. God didn’t save you to sit. God saved you to share. Some Christian are doing nothing for the kingdom, they don’t fear death because neither life nor death will matter to them…

Let me tell you something: if you don’t fear death, some Christians wish God would just give it to you. If you aren’t actively serving Christ with your life, you may be saved, but you are not a Christian.

Christian means “Christ-like”, or “little Christ”. To be a Christian is to be like Christ. If you claim to be a Christian, but are not afraid for people who will spend eternity in Hell if someone doesn’t tell them the gospel, you are not like Christ. Saved is what you are, Christian is what you do. Christianity is an occupation, not just a designation. 

Be like Christ. Fear death for others, but not for yourself. Be secure in who you are, but fear death for a lost world.

As always, thanks for reading.

–the anonymous novelist

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  1. What do you think of Hebrews 2:14-15? It almost seems as though the author is suggesting the fear of death is tied together with (or even is itself) the corpus of all temptation. To overcome the fear of death is to overcome all temptation, so it seems to me. I can agree with what you’re saying, for the most part, but where my contention lies is that I don’t think death is simply the last thing that happens to you. I think there is a death that is much more difficult than the stopping of the heart. This is the death associated with “sell all of your possessions”. To take seriously the words of Jesus is death, simply because they are so drastic in their demands. How can you hate your father, mother, brother, sister, and children (Lk 14:26) apart from the next statement, to carry your own cross?
    My two cents. Not entirely sure how to communicate what I intuit. Grace and peace in Christ.

    • First off, thanks for this comment. I was hoping someone might make it.

      You mentioned Hebrews 2:14-15. In reference to death, the writer speaks of physical death without Christ that those who depended upon works were doomed to before the propitiation was made for all sins.

      }Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;{ –Hebrews 2:14

      Death is an enemy, both in the physical and spiritual, it is the end all of a sinner’s life. The writer speaks of how his children were born into sin, and that same sin was crucified with Christ on the cross. The fear of death belonged to the sinner before Christ ransomed sinners.

      We feared death because of our sins and the penalty for them. Before Christ, we feared death and thus worked to earn salvation, we who were slaves to sin became slaves to the law and to a “works based” salvation.

      The dying to self that occurs daily is less of a physical death, more of a rejection of personal desires and wishes to allow The Holy Spirit to live through you. That’s how I read it.

      And to be clear, I was only concerned with the physical death in my post. Again though, thank for the comment; I love it when I can interact with my readers.

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