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Christian Philosophy on Death

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The Christian philosophy on death has long been that there is life after death. "Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord." (2 Corinthians 5: 8) We are supposed to take solace in the fact that while although our earthly body will be no more, our spirit or soul will move on into immortality. Since life after death seems like a simple enough concept, death should be no big deal, right? We should just view it as a step in becoming closer to God. While in theory, we should just take death in stride, even for those who wholeheartedly believe in life after death find it difficult to accept death. We find it difficult to visualize and conceptualize the afterlife and what our role will be in it. People cope with death differently. Some choose to combat it head on, others choose to simply ignore it all together. However most people fall somewhere in between those two extremes. ...read more.

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"The knowledge of impeding death creates a crisis in which one reviews life in order to integrate one's goals, values, and experiences. Without finding their life's meaning one may feel that their life had no meaning. Another spiritual need is to die appropriately. "People want to die in ways consistent with their own self-identity." Most people want to die a quick death surrounded by fantasy, however this is only the case for a lucky few. "People fear not so much the fact of death but more the process of dying." The final spiritual need is to find hope in life after death. Life after death is an integral part of many faiths and religions. "We seek assurance in some way that our life, or what we left, will continue." We all want some sort of life after death, because the thought of death being the ends of things can be an awful thing to think about. Oftentimes during class or discussions on death, I find myself questioning my own faith and trying to imagine what it would be like if I wasn't on earth anymore. ...read more.

Conclusion

Morrie teaches us that there is a time to be three and a time to be sixty-three. Morrie tells us that death is just as much a fact of life as a birthday or getting married. Morrie sets a high standard for coping with a terminal illness. We can also look to the Bible to give us God's take on death and life after death. The Catholic faith believes that no matter what there is life after death. Whether that life after death takes place in heaven or hell depends largely on how you live your life here on earth. "Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who...will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body." (Philippians 3: 20, 21) Through the belief in God and living according to his commandments we can attain a life after death. "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 15:51-57) ...read more.

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