Death is not a pleasant thing for any family member or close friend to experience. I believe the Bible makes it absolutely clear that death is an intruder, an enemy of the natural order. 1 Corinthians 15:26 says “The last enemy to be destroyed is death”. One of the purposes of our savior was to defeat death. 2 Timothy 1:10 states: “Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death”, another sign that death is not what God has intended.
In times of death, grieving loved ones want answers. Why has this person been taken away from us? Why would we be brought to love someone so much, just to lose them? So if death is always portrayed as such a bad thing throughout the Bible, then why is it such a major part of a creation made by an all-powerful, all loving God? The answer is fairly simple.
God did not give us a world full of death. He gave us a perfect creation that He sat back on day seven and declared “very good”. He warned the first couple to not eat of a certain tree or else they would “surely die”. It was at that point, the saddest day in all of history, when we chose freely to disobey God’s will and decide that we knew better than him. At that that moment, a curse entered the world. The original creation was altered. Things began decaying and eventually dying, pain and suffering entered the world. Romans 5:12 confirms this: “sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men”. We now live in a mere shadow of what the original creation was meant to be.
You see when we see things from this perspective God is no longer to blame for death. Romans 6:23 confirms this position: “For the wages of sin is death”. The next logical question is then – “well if God is so powerful, why doesn’t He just come down and fix everything”? My response to that would be – I’m glad you asked that question!
He did. You see that wages of sin Romans verse goes onto say “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”. The Bible also tells us that God makes “all things work together for my good”. Although God allows free will, He also provides a lifeline out of the mess we have created. Death is an intruder; it is not a natural intended process for us to go through. In fact, I believe we are all immortal eternal beings at our core passing through this world on our way to the next.
The world cannot give us answers to why death has to happen to those we love. According to the world death is a natural process that has always been a part of the plan. Without death from the beginning there could be no evolution or survival of the fittest. Those who believe in God’s word, and understand His plan for us understand that death was never God’s intention for us.
1 Corinthians 15:54-55 wraps up this thought perfectly: “When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” Although we mourn the loss of a loved one in the present, we can rejoice in the hope of seeing them again. Death is an intruder, and not God’s will for any of us. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whosoever shall believe in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”