THE FEAR OF DEATH
The Fear of Death is inextricably linked to the performance of our worldly actions. Actions can be segmented into either deeds or sins. Heaven is symbolic of good deeds; that entry into this Eden and paradise means that our deeds has outweighed and surpassed our sins when measured against each other on the scales of justice. Hell on other hand, is representative of sins, where we haven’t quite made the cut and our sins have edged out our deeds.
To some this is the cruelest of all the basic fears. The reason is obvious. The terrible pangs of fear associated with the thought of death, for the majority may be ascribed directly to religious fanaticism. For hundreds of years, men have been asking the still unanswered questions, "when" and "why". When will death come my way and why do I have to die.
Eternity is a long time. The thought of Heaven conjures up images of angels, serenity, tranquility and bliss. On the opposite side, the thought of fire is a terrible thing. The thought of eternal punishment, with fire, not only causes us to fear death; it also causes us to lose our objectivity. It destroys interest in life and makes happiness impossible.
But our dear friends, the truth is that The CEO of the Universe is merciful. He is beneficent, kind and loving. He is oft forgiving, He loves forgiving and He loves to pardon. He is looking for any small excuse to pardon us for our short comings. When we surrender to Him, He turns all of our bad deeds into good deeds. Imagine that – in one decisive move, in an instant – a total 360 turn around !
While holidaying in Cape Town on December, 31 2008, we found ourselves on the idyllic Clifton beach, located on the prestigious Atlantic seaboard. Mesmerized and spellbound by the beauty and splendor of the aquatic wonderland that lay in front of us; we thought that our sins were probably more than the foam in the ocean, and that there was no way that we could reach The CEO of the Universe in that condition. The CEO of the Universe loves us seventy times more than our own mother does ! Imagine that, seventy times more than the amazing woman whose womb we came out of !
This negated our earlier thoughts that we were so messed up and screwed up that rendered us incapable of being fixed. But our dear friends, we are here to share with you that as long as there is hope, there is life ! And the One in whose hand your life is in, is just waiting for you to surrender yourself to Him, so that He may forgive you and help you ! No problem is too big or too small for Him. Turn to Him our dear friend, and He will help you!
As you have no doubt worked out, that night was New Years Eve, and instead of partying the night away, my wife Zeenith and I decided to have a boring and early night. As we retired to our room on the 31st floor of the Cape Sun Inter Continental Hotel on the 31st day of December, we jokingly said to each other “see you next year” as we kissed each other goodnight!
But that night was to be far from boring. In the middle of our beauty sleep, we saw Jesus Christ, the extraordinary son of Mary. In the dream, he looked and smiled at us, and within a few minutes, it was over. It was the first time that we had ever seen one of the most amazing sons of men in our dream, so we were a bit confused on what to make of it. On New Years Day, we called our mentor Mr. G, and asked him for an interpretation of the dream. He first asked a few questions, like our activities that preceded the dream. After a deafening silence that felt like an eternity, he said to us “well my son, it seems that not only is today New Years Day, but a New Dawn has beckoned for you”.
He continued, by telling us that the dream was an extremely powerful and positive one, that it symbolized that The CEO of the Universe was pleased with us. Naturally, we were on Cloud Nine, because in the blink of an eye lid while sitting on one of the most beautiful places on the planet; our hearts had sought the forgiveness of our Creator, and He accepted our surrender, by extending an olive branch to us. Proof that when we walk to The CEO of the Universe, He runs to us! So our dear friends, if we are in a constant state of surrender and gratitude to The CEO of the Universe, why fear death?!
Our Dad also taught us “if you were to commit so many sins that they reach the sky and then you were to repent, your repentance would be accepted.” Again, if we repent, why do have to fear death?
A wise man said:
“When I die, when my coffin is being taken out, you must never think I am missing this world. Don’t shed any tears. Don’t lament or feel sorry. I’m not falling into a monsters abyss. When you see my corpse is being carried, don’t cry for my leaving. I’m not leaving. I’m arriving at an eternal love. When you leave me in the grave, don’t say goodbye. Remember a grave is only a curtain for the paradise behind. You’ll only see me descending into a grave. Now watch me rise. How can there be an end when the sun sets or the moon goes down ? It looks like the end. It seems like a sunset, but in reality is a dawn. When your grave locks you up, that’s when your soul is freed. Have you ever seen a seed fallen to Earth, not to rise with a new life ? Why should you doubt the rise of a seed named human ? Have you ever seen a bucket lowered into a well coming back empty ? Why lament for a soul, when it can come back, like Joseph from the well. When for the last time you close your mouth, your mouth and soul, will belong to the world of no place and [no] time”.
These are the timeless words from the Master of Love, the inspirational poet and Philosopher, Rumi.
The fear of death is useless. Death will come no matter what anyone may think about it. Accept it as a necessity and think about it daily. It must be a necessity, or it would not come at all. Perhaps it is not as bad as it has been pictured.
Napoleon Hill, author of Think & Grow Rich, said that neither matter nor energy can be created or destroyed. Both matter and energy can be transformed, but neither can be destroyed. Life is energy. If neither energy nor matter can be destroyed, of course life cannot be destroyed. Life, like other forms of energy, may be passed through various processes of transition, or change, but it cannot be destroyed. Death is therefore merely a transition. A gateway. A passage.
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