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By   •   April 21, 2006

Q:

I know I shouldn't fear death now that I'm a Christian, but I do. I've always been very fearful of death, maybe because several people who were close to me died when I was a child. I thought this would change once I committed my life to Jesus, but it hasn't. Am I always going to be like this?


A:

No, you aren’t necessarily always going to be like this, because with God’s help you can overcome this fear. And God wants you to overcome it, because one reason Jesus Christ came into the world was to “free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death” (Hebrews 2:15).

What happens to us during our childhood years often affects us very deeply, and sometimes those patterns of thinking aren’t easy to overcome. But you have taken the first step by realizing this, and the key now is to replace those messages from the past with a new message—the message that Christ has conquered death and Hell and Satan. The Bible says God “has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves” (Colossians 1:13).

How did He do this? He did it by dying on the cross for our sins, and then conquering death by His resurrection. By the time you read this, Easter will be past—but never forget: Ours is an Easter faith, and we should celebrate Christ’s victory over death every day!

Death is a reality, and the Bible says, “The last enemy to be destroyed is death” (1 Corinthians 15:26). But it will be destroyed! When feelings of fear threaten to rob you of your peace, answer them immediately with the truths of God’s Word.

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2 Comments

  1. David Johnson says:

    I am 52 and I have seen many family and friends die. I have been privileged to sit with a few in the days and weeks prior to their passing. For me death itself contains no fear. This is because I have a destination that is far better than anything this world has to offer in mind. I long to see Jesus face-to-face. I long to hear His voice. For me this is what is what 1 John 4:18 means when it says “There is no fear in love”. When your eyes are on the cross things of earth (fear, death, sorrow, worry) can not gain control. Hope this helps.

  2. Mary says:

    For most of my life (about 32 years out of the 35 I’ve been alive) I really didn’t think much about death. Over the years, I have had a few very close family members pass away but I never really gave much thought to my own mortality. After I gave birth to my sweet baby girl, however, I started worrying about all the horrible things that could possibly happen to her (or to anybody I know and love) and those thoughts gave way to thoughts of death. I believe in God, I want to build my relationship with him and I want to raise my daughter to do the same. I know I need to break all of my worldly attachments and easy compromises I have because even just one sin keeps me from being close to God. I just can’t seem to shake off
    my fear of dying. Is there anything someone can tell me that may help lessen the grasp it has on me? Would meditating and talking with God help me? I am worried that this fear is going to comsume my every waking thought and I can’t let that happen. My baby girl deserves a mommy that is paying her undivided attention. Please help me.