By   •   October 5, 2011   •   Topics: , ,


Is it wrong for us to fear death, even when we believe that we'll be going to heaven after we die? I admit I don't want to die, and I'm even afraid of dying, although I believe in Jesus and know I'll go to be with Him when I die.


It’s natural to fear death, not only because we can’t see beyond the grave, but because God put within us a deep instinct to fight against death and keep on living. If we didn’t have that instinct (which we share with all living creatures), we would ignore sickness and pain and danger, and eventually all life would cease.

But we were not meant for this world alone. We were meant for heaven — and heaven was meant to be our final home. Heaven is our destiny, and heaven is our joyous hope! Death is a reality — but Jesus’ death and resurrection for us assure us that sin and death and hell have been defeated forever. We don’t need to fear the grave, because by His death and resurrection Jesus has opened heaven’s door for us.

When fears come, turn your mind and heart to Christ. When pain and exhaustion become your daily companions, thank God for the hope we have of heaven. Think of it: If you know Jesus Christ, some day you will be safely in God’s presence forever! Never forget: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me…. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:4, 6, KJV).

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  1. Harrison Samuel Terstegge says:

    I believe there is a difference between not fearing death and stupidly wandering close to it. My friend is going to be driving a motorcycle at age 16 because her parents don’t fear death. She is so promising and has made me a better Christian and yet her parents don’t seem to worry whether she lives or dies. I can guarantee that if she died, it would only turn people away from the Lord.

  2. Julie says:

    Thank you so much Mr. Graham for your ministry over the years. I just lost my mother a week ago on her 79th birthday. It was through your crusade in 1976 that both her and my Dad accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. I am so heart broken without my mom, but have some peace that she has rest now. You were her absolute favorite preacher of all time. May God continue to bless you. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to take my mom to The Cove 6 years ago as this was a dream for her. Praise the Lord!

  3. Barbara Wilson says:

    Thank you, Bro. Graham for giving us the truth found in God’s word. So many need and are asking for directions to this understanding. Praying you have a very blessed day in the hills of NC. We love you and your family, and have for many years now. Soon we will all be in heaven together with the One who made it ALL possible. Praise His Holy name.

  4. laveena says:

    I am a Christian and I do believe we sure have hope after death.

  5. Laura Brafford says:

    I don’t think I fear death, but I haven’t truly faced it yet either. My faith, trust and hope are in Christ Jesus. I am looking forward to going home when the time comes.

  6. Laura Brafford says:

    Well spoken.

  7. Terry Easom says:

    I really needed an answer to this question! Thank you so very much!

  8. bay says:

    I am a Christian nurse and i witnessed many Christian patients passed away in peace and failed not to show any signs fear of death.

  9. Dave says:

    My uncle died of cancer 29 years ago. He was a Christian and had no fear of death. He looked froward to going to Heaven were he is now.

  10. Ronisha says says:

    My father's cousin recently passed away from lung cancer. Her body was getting frail and couldn't handle the effects of the disease. She is a Christian and had no fear of death. She's now in heaven with Christ where there is no sickness nor disease.