A foundational fear of mankind is the fear of death. A trip to the doctor that results in the word cancer can ruin a person’s day! Most get anxious to downright fearful when they start feeling like something is wrong with their health.
Hebrews 2:14-15 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.
This passage says that our faith in Jesus will free us from the fear of death. The problem is that most believers that I see deal with death, both their own impending death and that of a loved one, don’t really exhibit much freedom from the fear of death.
The reason for the fear of death is the unknown. I went sky diving with little fear because I talked to many who had done it, and enjoyed it immensely . I have never talked to a person who has died and then come back and given me a detailed description of the experience and how cool it was.
If a person is going to conquer the fear of dying they must decide what their authority for truth is, and focus on it for information about life after death. I have decided that if there is a God then He for sure would communicate with us, and as I consider the options there is none that is reasonable except for the Bible. A God powerful enough to create all I see is certainly powerful enough to orchestrate the writing of truth over time, and the collecting in one book those books and letters.
The Bible has a lot to say about death and life after death, and the various destinations of those who die depending on their relationship with Jesus. I have read, studied, memorized, and taught on most of the passages in the Bible that deal with death and what happens then.
John 14:1-3, “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”
The more I read the Bible the less fear I have, and the more I begin to anticipate that incomprehensible experience of seeing, and talking to God, of getting a new, glorified body, of being able to think, really think, and seeing all the amazing beauty of heaven.