How to treat death

Olga Scherbak
12.05.2015

Two sides of death

If we turn to the Bible, we might be struck there by something relating to the fate of mankind. Death came, but it did not take possession of humanity immediately. Whatever the objective life span of the first great biblical generations, we see that the number of their days is gradually decreasing. There is a place in the Bible where it says that death conquered humanity gradually.

 

Death came, although the power of life was still there; but from generation to generation of mortal and sinful people, death has all shortened human life. So there is tragedy in death. On the one hand, death is monstrous, there should be no death. Death is the consequence of our loss of God. However, there is another side to death. The infinity in separation from God, thousands and thousands of years of life without any hope that this separation from God will end - it would be worse than the destruction of our body composition and the end of this vicious circle.

 

There is another side to death: no matter how tight its gate is, it is the only gate that allows us to avoid the vicious circle of infinity in separation from God,allowing one to escape from created infinity, in which there is no space, to again become partakers of the divine life, ultimately - partakers of the divine nature. Therefore, the Apostle Paul could say: “Life for me is Christ, death is an acquisition, because living in a body I am separated from Christ ...” Therefore, in another place, he says that for him to die does not mean to be seduced himself, shrug off temporary life; for him to die is to put on eternity. Death is not the end, but the beginning. This door opens and lets us into the expanse of eternity, which would be permanently closed for us if death did not free us from the slavery of the earth.

 

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