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Friday, April 04, 2014

A to Z Challenge - D is for DEATH


Hello there. Welcome to Entrepreneurial Goddess.
I am taking part in the 2014 A-Z Challenge - 26 posts on 26 days of April, with Sundays off. Today's letter is: D for Death [Click here to see my other AtoZ posts]

Death is the cessation of all functions of life. The heart stops beating, lack of oxygen causes the brain cells to die and all other cells of the body soon follow in death, including the bones, hair and skin.

Once the life-force or spirit is gone from the body, absolutely nothing exists after death. (Psalms 104: 29; 146:4; Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10) Remember, God warned Adam he would die if he ate from the tree of knowledge of good and bad. (Genesis 2:16,17) Adam fully understood the consequence of disobedience, but he still willfully ate from the tree. Thus disobedience and sin resulted in death for him (Genesis 3:19; 5:5) and subsequently death for us by way of inherited sin. (Romans 5:12; 6:23) Remember his punishment for disobedience was death, so it would be impossible for him to be alive somewhere in another realm. If that were the case, it would make God a liar and as we know, God cannot nor does He lie. (Titus 1:2) This all sounds like bad news, but wait...there is a saviour for us, one who willingly gave up his perfect life so we could have forgiveness of sins and the hope of living forever on earth like Adam was supposed to. His name is Jesus Christ and you'll learn more about him in a later post.

*Scriptures ~ New World Translation Bible (2013) available to read/download free here

See you next time!
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14 comments :

  1. Death is the separation of the spirit from the body. The resurrection of Jesus Christ makes it possible for our spirit to be reunited with its body at a future time.

    Teaching English with Mr. Duncan
    A-Z of hotels

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    1. Hello Duncan.
      Many people mistakenly believe the human spirit goes to another place at death to await resurrection at some future time. However, we need to consider what the Bible actually says. First, Genesis 2:7 says God "formed the man out of dust from the ground." Thus at death, the person returns to the dust from whence he came. Second, also at Genesis 2:7, it says God "blew into his nostrils the breath of life and the man became a living person." This "breath of life" is the life-force in all of us, the vital force that enables us to live. It belongs to Jehovah God, so at death, our bodies return to dust and the life-force, the "breath of life", returns to Jehovah God who gave it in the first place. Consider these examples: When a candle's flame goes out, the candle ceases to be lit. It's flame is not burning somewhere else. When the power goes out, we have no electricity, no light, no heat. Nothing works until the power comes back on again. The same with the life-force, when we die, we do not exist in some other realm. The life-force is not a person, it is impersonal. (Ecclesiastes 12:7)
      Thanks all the same for taking the time to visit.

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  2. I've also picked death for today, albeit from a slightly more historical angle.

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    1. Hello Stu.
      Indeed, your post is most interesting. Thanks for visiting. I appreciate your comment.

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    1. Hello Jolie.
      Thanks for taking the time to visit. I hope you enjoy the challenge!

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  4. I'm not afraid of my own death but the thought of losing loved ones scares me! :|

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    1. Hello Shilpa.
      The death of a loved one is very sad and we must take time to grieve. However, we can take comfort in the Bible promise of a resurrection for all those asleep in death at Acts 24:15 and also the doing away of death altogether at Revelation 21:3, 4. I appreciate your comment.

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    1. Hello Jo.
      Thanks for taking the time to visit. Enjoy the challenge!

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  6. Death is a part of life... wonderful write

    Rajlakshmi
    #atozchallenge

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    1. Hello Rajlakshmi.
      You're quite correct, death is a part of THIS life, but that's not how it was supposed to be. Adam was created to live forever on paradise earth, but he lost that opportunity when he disobeyed God. As a result, we too, (being descendants of Adam) get sick, grow old and die (Romans 5:12). However, Jesus' ransom sacrifice makes it possible for the forgiveness of our sins and the hope of living forever on a restored earth (John 3:16, 17). Never would we want to forget how important Jesus death is to us. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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    1. Hello Enchantress.
      To some, death is scary, because they don't understand why they die and they have no hope of a future. I am not afraid of death since I truly believe in God's promises and the ransom sacrifice of Jesus Christ, which paves the way for forgiveness of our sins and the hope of living forever on a paradise earth. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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