Are You Afraid of Death?

March 24, 2009

Dear Diary

Not a trick question or anything. I’m just wondering. I’ve been dropping Entrecards today, and I see a lot of posts that talk about cancer and disease. One article even said something like, “Eating Red Meat Raises Your Chances of Death!”

Um, the chances of death are 100%. Yeah, death comes sooner to some than to others, but people have been eating red meat for thousands of years. And others have been eating only vegetables for thousands of years. And every.single.person.died. Wow, huh?

John Wesley, that great Methodist minister of the 1700s, was terrified of death until he became a Christian. Before then, he recalled traveling across the Atlantic Ocean, to America, with a group of Moravians. During a frightful storm when the passengers feared for their lives, the Moravians were calm and peaceful. Wesley was stunned that even in a circumstance of the ship being torn apart and the families drowning, they had no fear of dying. He remembered it all his life.

So are you afraid of dying? And why or why not? Just wondering…

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7 Responses to “Are You Afraid of Death?”

  1. Theresa Says:

    I’m not afraid of dying, I’m afraid of not living before I die!

  2. carol at A Second Cup Says:

    The reason the Moravian’s didn’t fear death was they trusted in Jesus for life after death. I have the same trust so, no I don’t fear death.

  3. Lisa Says:

    I do not fear death, but I do fear the consequences to my family should it come early.

  4. Callie Ann Brat Says:

    I used to be afraid of it when I was younger. Now I am not afraid at all. I am 46 years old and my turn around point was when I was 30. A friend said to me,”why would you be afraid of dying, do you really want to do this forever?”

    I was instantly cured when thinking of it that way.

    So No I am not afraid of dying…I believe there is a god, I try to have faith that there is a heaven.. but if a person just ended up not existing that is just fine with me also.

  5. Kristine Says:

    I’m not afraid of death, but I’m afraid of being in a violent accident or getting a horrible disease and experiencing horrible pain.

  6. Rebecca Says:

    Thanks for such open answers. Theresa, that is a GREAT answer, lol!

    I can relate to each one of your answers. I think it’s pretty common to feel this way. I also think that young people, when they think about it, have a greater fear of death that older folks. I know I used to.

    Death doesn’t seem like something we discuss much in our culture, does it, even though our culture is filled with it (books, movies, etc). The worst thing in a Hollywood movie is death, isn’t it? I don’t think this is true to real life.

  7. Cindy @ Fenced in Family Says:

    I’m not afraid of death either – since to be absent from the body means means I’ll be present with the Lord. šŸ™‚

    I used to worry that if I died, my sons would be so bereft at growing up without a mother. I worried that they wouldn’t have the best life experience – being orphans, of course, and raised by a dad that won’t clean the house, LOL!

    But then I realized that if something ever happens to me, that’s God’s plan for THEIR lives. Anyway…it all just boils down to trust in God – that He knows what’s best for each person even if it seems like something awful to us.