Why is there Death in this Life?
Why is there death? Although death is the one subject we probably like talking about the least, it is the one we cannot afford to ignore. Death is the equalizer in life. It doesn’t matter if your poor, middle-class, or rich we will all die! We can ignore the subject, we can refrain from talking about it, we can pretend it won’t happen to us, but we cannot escape it.Deaths ratio is 1:1. The reason why we die has many different explanations around the world. It is indicative of man’s efforts to understand the reason why we die. I believe death is dealt with in two ways; biologically and spiritually. Let’s look briefly at both today.
The Biology of Death
I will admit that I am not an authority in biology and do not pretend to be. My effort to explain the biology of death is not my own as I am not an expert. I read an article review on the biology of death and the author explained death in four stages:
- Stage I – Descent – Through death’s portals; defined by its irreversibility in which an individual is in death’s grip and cannot escape; the irreversibility is due to failure of a one or small number of vital systems such as brain, kidney, heart, lungs.
- Stage II – Systems Collapse – Spiraling or cascading effect of a failure of all vital systems; the failure of one or a few systems in Phase I leads to cascade-like shutting down.
- Stage III – Mortification – Final death throes; immobilization; onset of lethargy, morbidity, and/or paralysis. This is a continuation of the collapse but here it occurs in the non-vital systems such as sensory, visual and so forth that cannot be sustained due to the collapse of vital systems in Phases I and II.
- Stage IV – Expiration – Final release; extinction of all signs of life of the individual as a whole. A few twitches so this phase too occurs over a period of time and is not instantaneous. EvMedReview.com
Although this may seem morbid to some or not a very good explanation to others, the point is death is a reality. No matter what our efforts are to explain death or the process thereof we will all face death. In my opinion, this breakdown of death does not satisfy my inner longing to understand why we die! It is a good explanation of the process of death but not for the reason why we die.
Death comes Uninvited
“Death keeps no calendar.” Author Unknown
Why is there death? We have all buried someone we loved and no matter what we tell ourselves the sorrow and anguish we may feel is unexplainable. Death comes into our lives uninvited! I am a believer and yet death still has a way of turning my world upside down. We just recently buried my grandfather, who was a great man and lived over 90 years. In spite of his great legacy and humble life death seemingly gets center stage in the end. Death is not welcome in my home, it doesn’t get an invitation to my loved one’s homes either. It doesn’t pay attention to any of our requests death comes uninvited to all!
Death is an Appointment
Is there a reason to die? The bible teaches us that death is an appointment; “it is appointed unto men once to die…” Hebrews 9:27 Death is a result of man’s rebellion against God. God created Adam and Eve who then rebelled against God and sinned. Sin is a result of rebellion against God and death is the result of sin. Romans 5:12 We may argue against this fact, but all of our arguments cannot take away the reality of death. Death is an appointment with God so that we may give an account of how we lived our life on earth. Hebrews 9:27 continues, “…but after this (death) the judgment.” Death then is an appointment with judgment, judgment for our response to the plan of God. His plan to remedy the problem of death!
God’s Remedy for Death!
Does anyone have an answer for death? John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Sin is an offense to God but he gave us Jesus Christ as a remedy for sin. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death: but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” God sent his son Jesus Christ to give us hope when facing death. Jesus tasted death for all humanity! Romans 8:2 “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Life in Christ is the best answer for why we die. We die because of sin, but we live in Christ in preparation for death. Christ gives us hope over death!