There are many beliefs pertaining death and different Religions of the world interpret it in various ways. Many people think that the physical death is the end of everything. They believe that once a person dies, it is his ultimate destination.
Is this how the Bible interpret it?
Is physical death the end of everything?
The Bible explained that we are like flowers, we grow and soon we’ll die. Our days are numbered actually, and no one has the power to extend it because it is already decided by the one who gave it. Job 14:1 Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. Job 14:2 He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. Job 14:5 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
And because of this, men have grown to think that if tomorrow they will die, they should enjoy their lives today, while they still live. Isa 22:13 And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.
They say, “life is short” and they have to enjoy life to the fullest.
They don’t even bother knowing the purpose of their existence. They don’t care about the importance of serving God. All they think is about their present lives, what they see is only material and not spiritual.
Apostle Paul discussed that if we live a life separated from the service of the Lord God, we become isolated to His presence. If this is the case, Paul said people that are living in pleasure of themselves and not to the pleasure of God are dead even if they live. 1Ti 5:6 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. They are like living dead, living but actually dead in the sight of God.
According to the Bible, death is not the end of everything for a person. After death, there is a stage that will come, that is, the resurrection. Many people do not believe in the resurrection of the life. Apostle Paul said that if there is no resurrection of the dead, then our faith is useless.
1Co 15:16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
1Co 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
1Co 15:18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
1Co 15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
1Co 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
1Co 15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Why is there a need for resurrection?
Why will God resurrect all dead? What is His purpose?
Jesus said that the resurrection is to determine what will be the final destination of man. And there are two ultimate destinations, one is for the everlasting life and the other is for the everlasting torment. Joh 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, Joh 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
This is the part where we harvest what we sow here in earth. Rev 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
If we sow goodness, godliness and holiness then we reap the goodness of God.
But if we sow wickedness and live according to our pleasures, then we will receive punishment. Why punishment? Because we have not serve our purpose. We did not act the role we receive from God.
While we live, do everything that will give pleasure to God. It is our ultimate purpose, to love God by following His laws, to have fear in Him by separating ourselves from the sins of the world and to live according to His will.
Death is just a part of life, after this our next destination will be according to how we live our lives.