The Gift of Death

The gift of death is, paradoxically, the gift of life.

One of my beautiful students asked me the other day, why God would create such beautiful people, only to let them die.

garden_of_edenIt’s a fair question, but it’s one limited by lack of information, because if we understand the fullness of the Bible, we can understand the gift of death.

When Adam and Eve were in the garden they were free to eat from the Tree of Life. They were going to live forever in the bliss and beauty of what God had created.

The right to eat from the Tree of Life was only taken from them after they sinned. Because living forever under the curse of sin was never God’s plan for anyone.

Adam and Eve both died a physical death, but it was not a tragic one. Physical death was one of the gifts that God gave them, along with the redemptive death and resurrection of His Son, in order for them to enter into eternal life.

Death can be a great tragedy, but only when it takes a person who refuses to accept God’s gift of life. For those who have life, it is the beautiful gateway out of an existence marred by sin.

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3 comments on “The Gift of Death

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  2. Someone says:

    Interesting. I think even for the saved death is a tragedy. If your not in agreement think about what we know happens to the brain when it dies, and they think about what you will see think and feel as you die and the think about the fact you will no longer be able to think, (if only temporarily) you won’t be able to enjoy what you enjoy in life, think about you very existence fading into nothing. Think about it not from a third person but a first person perspective. Then, find me a full doctrine about what happens next… no visions, just what happens after we die from someone who has authority to say. If they say anything about what one will experience other than general tints of good or bad, I’ll be happily surprised… This is what my brain longs for moments of pathological anxiety.

    • sarsrose says:

      I’m interested in your use of the word ‘saved’ and wonder what that means for you.
      The bible says that to ‘be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.’ That ‘to live is Christ and to die is gain.’ After the resurrection of Jesus the question is asked ‘where oh death is your victory, where oh death is your sting.’
      For the Christian believer, death is the gateway to Eternal life in the presence of Jesus!

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