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Ask the Pastor

† Theological musings and answers to selected questions by a confessional Lutheran pastor.

15 September 2005

Fear of Death

Q: Why are many people afraid to die?

A: Some fear the unknown, some fear a judgment (even if they’re not sure by whom or on what criteria). Most are afraid, at least in part, because contrary to what the world would have us believe, death is not “natural.” Rather, it is an alien invasion brought about by sin. Death is sin’s greatest weapon. Even the confident Christian sometimes fears death because we, too, are burdened with our sinful flesh. Yet God brings us through these fears, and through death itself, to life eternal in heaven.

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Walter Snyder is the pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Emma, Missouri and coauthor of the book What Do Lutherans Believe.


Blogger TKls2myhrt said...

The confessional Lutheran church is the first place I heard the message that death is not "natural" , that God hates death and death is not part of God's plan for us. Thanks for explaining it further for me.

16 September, 2005 18:48  

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