Christian Feelings Toward Death
I am thankful for Justin’s article yesterday. It allows us to confront, and even express what our beliefs ultimately boil down to. But I want to here extend this question to Christians. I want to know the ‘modern’ Christian’s view of Death, and the Afterlife. As a Christian, I held the traditional Baptist view of Heaven as eternal paradise for the saved, and Hell as eternal torment for the damned. But since coming online, I am surprised to learn how many differing beliefs there are even amongst Christians.
Justin said in his last article,
Many Christians find it comforting in knowing that death has been conquered, relieving humanity from guilt and fear.
If you are a Christian, I would like to know if Justin’s statement is true for you, especially if you are one who believes in eternal damnation for the unsaved.
Like Justin, I am not trying to entrap Christians into engaging in debate (which I really am tired of). But I remember as a Christian attending funerals for people whom I loved dearly, but who were definitely on their way to Hell according to my belief system. I found the guilt, and the grief to be unbearable. I am genuinely curious how Christians deal with this reality in their own lives, and how it in any way relieves them of guilt and fear.
I am asking the Christians who come to this website (admit it, you are out there :-)) to make death a reality, reflect on how it makes you feel, and to discuss it in the comments section of this website. There is no “hidden agenda” (i.e. I’m not going to start harping on why you should abandon Christian). I merely wish to discover differing Christian views, and in the process, let other people (new Atheists, Agnostics, Theists) gain insight into different perspectives of the ultimate finality.
Are you scared? Are you anticipating Heaven? Are you anxious for God even though you believe? Are you okay with death?
There is no right answer. For as much as we talk about death and dying, we often separate ourselves from our feelings during such conversations. Let’s reunite them. Let’s start the discussion.
-HeIsSailing (with a little help from Justin!)