Death, the ultimate reality that looms over every life. This event can be an object of deep contemplation, mystery and often fear. However, for those rooted in deep faith, death is understood not as an end, but as a transformation, a (necessary) passage into the “arms” of one’s Creator, convinced in the imminent “new beginning.”
Martin Luther, the great reformer of Christianity, once said, “Our Lord wrote the promise of resurrection not only in books, but in every leaf of the spring.” If death were the last word, spring would never follow winter and darkness would consume the light forever. But from the rhythm of nature and the promises of Scripture we know that there is deep hope beyond the veil of mortality.
Every individual will face the issue of death, and it is not uncommon to feel unease or anxiety in just thinking about this obligatory journey. There is no shame in harboring such feelings; on the contrary, these moments of introspection offer us unparalleled opportunities for growth. Just as anxiety and worries test and strengthen our faith, so too does the contemplation of death.
For the believer, the experience of death is a simple transition, a passage from one realm of existence to another, certainly a superior one for those who have “evolved.” The Holy Scriptures, our guiding light in times of darkness, remind us of the promise of eternal life for those who put their trust in GOD.
To all who are struggling with the concept of death, or mourning the passing of a loved one, comfort yourselves with the boundless faith that assures us of reunion in a realm untouched by grief and sadness. Breathe deeply and feel the presence of GOD within you, a force so powerful that it transforms death from a dreaded end into a gateway to eternal communion with the Divine.
If we “open our eyes,” we will find the messages of hope everywhere. Rebirth and eternal love are inscribed not only in the Sacred Texts, but in the very Soul of our existence. Death, then, is not a conclusion, but rather the continuation of the divine narrative: a story of love, faith and ultimate triumph.
Holy Scriptures Passages on “death”
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2: “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;”
Psalms 23:4: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
Philippians 1:21: “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
1 Corinthians 15:55: “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
Deuteronomy 30:15: “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil.”
Genesis 3:19: “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Surah Al-Imran (3:185): “Every soul shall taste death. And you will be paid in full only on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever is kept away from the Fire and is admitted to Paradise, will have attained the objective of this worldly life; for the life of this world is nothing but an illusory enjoyment.”
Surah Al-Ankabut (29:57): “Every soul is bound to taste death, and then to Us you shall be brought back.”
1. **Isaiah 25:8**: “He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; He will remove His people’s disgrace from all the earth. The LORD has spoken.”
2. **Proverbs 12:28**: “In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.”
3. **John 11:25-26**: “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?'”
4. **Romans 14:8**: “If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”
5. **1 Thessalonians 4:13-14**: “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.”
6. **Genesis 25:8**: “Then Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people.”
7. **Deuteronomy 32:39**: “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.”
8. **Surah Al-Jumu’ah (62:8)**: “Say, ‘Indeed, the death from which you flee – indeed, it will meet you. Then you will be returned to the Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, and He will inform you about what you used to do.'”
9. **Surah Ghafir (40:67)**: “It is He Who has created you from dust then from a sperm-drop, then from a leech-like clot; then does he get you out (into the light) as a child: then lets you (grow and) reach your age of full strength; then lets you become old, – though of you there are some who die before; – and lets you reach a Term appointed; in order that ye may learn wisdom.”
10. **Surah An-Nahl (16:32)**: “Those whom the angels take in death, being good and pure; [the angels] will say, ‘Peace be upon you. Enter Paradise, because of the good which you used to do.'”