Death. So final. At least from this perspective.
Judaism does not particularly get into an Afterlife, so it leaves it open to personal interpretation. The strong message is to do good deeds while living. In fact, there are 613 mitzvot that are required by texts in the Torah. That is the Old Testament for you Christians, so if you are really good Bible thumpers (literal followers, take heed) these are for you, too. Death may simply be a cessation of life, or there may be a Heaven, or there may be a rebirth.
Christianity, on the other hand, promises you Everlasting Life. There is some teaching that good deeds are not important but there is also a bunch of good deeds that are needed to be done by a good Christian and even an admonition that without good deeds, faith is dead. However, for the believer, death should not be feared.
The promise of eternal life refers to the soul and that is a commonality in most religions as well as New Age concepts. Other religions also have concepts of reward or rebirth. Basically….this stage where we are now is only that, a stage…a short visit in the continuing growth of our soul.
So, back to the basic question. Why are people so afraid of dying?
A huge change. Not knowing what will happen. Not knowing how it will feel. Sort of like me moving from West Virginia to Oregon…..well, almost Heaven to a beautiful place.
I subscribe to a daily email that is a very positive word from The Universe and want to share today’s email with you:
|The top 10 things dead people want to tell living people are:
1. They’re not dead.
They also wanted you to know that they really do show up as orbs in some of your photos, but so does water. Quite a talkative bunch.