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While considering this morbid study it occurred to me that one’s view of life overshadows one’s view of death. Our society has three major views of life I think. I have diagrammed them in the following figure. I add to the view of a Christian’s life that of the God of the Bible.

II Corinthians 5:1-8   

“1 For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven,inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked.For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life.Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.

Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight— we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.”

We are neither annihlated nor absorbed into the universal conscientiousness. Instead our spirit is clothed in an immortal body at death. At death we are separated from our body to be united with that imperishable body and with our Lord, worshiping in His presence.

Isaiah 59:2

“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God,
And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.”

Being dead in spirit toward God in our unsaved condition does not mean our spirit does not exist but that it is separate from God and cannot respond to Him. Because of His holiness He will not respond to us.

Death is separation from body or God, not an end to existence. Eternal death is forever being separated from God and His benefits in the lake of fire. Eternal life is forever thriving in His presence with all the glorious benefits His excellencies bring. The diagram of the Christian’s progress is one of increasing life on into eternity. I look so forward to life after death, eternal bliss after momentary separation from one body into an immortal one.

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