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Dying Process

Blue Sky and CloudsBenjamin Franklin (1706-1790) one of the founding fathers of the United States wrote in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy in 1789, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes." Aside from the prospect of taxes, all human beings including every Christian believer experience a natural bodily death. The fascinating article, "What Happens During the Dying Process" and the excellent book "Stiff, the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers" by Mary Roach(1959-present) reveal the dying process in unnerving detail.

Not a Moment

Death is "a process, not a moment," writes critical-care physician Sam Parnia in "Erasing Death." It's a whole-body stroke, in which the heart stops beating but the organs don not die immediately. In fact, he writes, they might hang on intact for quite a while, which means that "for a significant period of time after death, death is in fact fully reversible." Scientists consider how our existence is not a toggle "on" for alive, "off" for dead, but a dimmer switch that can move through various shades between white and black. The Jews had a similar belief that the spirit remained with a body for three days before departing. Jesus however promised something different for believers when he said in John 8.51, "I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death." Bodily death is the separation of the spirit from the body and spiritual death is the separation of the soul from God. Believers will not experience the trauma of death and will not see it, according to Jesus.

Robbing Death's Sting

BeeDeath is in this way robbed of its sting for the Christian. It will not be a fearful but a blessed experience. Hebrews 2.14-15 teaches that, "Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death, that is the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death." Saint Paul, in teaching his assistant Timothy wrote in 2 Timothy 1.10 that our Savior Jesus Christ, "has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel." Our Savior accompanies us through bodily death for he said in Hebrews 13.5, "Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you."

"Natural Bodily Death"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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