What the Bible Teaches On Death and Dying (Part 1 of 3)

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God worked in my Dad’s heart; just look at this note that he wrote to himself!

Recently my Dad passed away. He was 89.What a wonderful man, who loved God.

He finally succumbed to the aging process, full of years, and ready to meet his Savior. My brother Jim and I were together with him when he made his last breath on this earth, weakened by disease, and feeble. Not the Dad that we knew, full of life. He would never have wanted to live on like that in this life. So God took him.

I loved so many things about Dad. Interestingly, I remember not only his smile but his hands!  I loved his hands. His warm grip, incredible form.They were a marvel to me. They captured me when I was a small boy watching him at his dental office. Perfect. So amazing.

What a blessing for us to be by his side, watching his soul leave his earthly tent of a body.

When I was younger, in my teenage years, twenties and thirties, I couldn’t imagine life without Dad. We were SO close. I couldn’t imaging him dying. Life would be so different without him around.

Then it happened. And here we are. Life trudges on.

But here is the Good News: Hope conquered despair in my Dad’s passing!

When a loved one leaves you, it should make you think of your own mortality. The fact that someday it will be you leaving this earth.

Therefore, I want to share some key principles of what God teaches us on this subject of Death and Dying, through his infallible Word:

The Bible teachesthat neither sin nor pain, disease nor death were part of God’s original plan for us. God told Adam and Eve that if they ate from the tree in the middle of the garden that they would die. Gen. 3:2-3

imgresBilly Graham said, “Death ultimately intrudes into our well-planned lives and changes things around, absolutely”   Each man’s life is but a breath (Psalms 39:5).   1.75 million people on earth die/week; wow; hard to believe.

What happens at death? No world religion gives a credible answer to this question, but Christianity is different. The Bible, both in the Old Testament, and the New Testament, have provided definitive teaching on the subject of the afterlife. Read on!

We all die once– Hebrews 9:27 And just as it is destined that men die only once, and after that comes judgment, so also Christ died only once as an offering for the sins of many people…. This certainly speaks against religions that believe in reincarnation, like Hinduism.

The Christian will never see death as final– John 8:51 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” How refreshing.

Our physical bodies are like a tent– Peter says, “I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as Our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things ( 2 Peter 1:13-15).

 Life is shortWhat is your life? You are a mist that appears for a while and then vanishes. James 4:14b.  Time moves by fast, doesn’t it. As the decades move on, relative time shortens. I think God is trying to tell us something.

 3a48d97a0bda0f1b7a5d4639649a1ac91Surely God would not have created such a being as man to exist only for a day! No, no! Man was made for immortality. – Abraham Lincoln.

 The question is: where are you going to spend it?!

 

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About Dr. Robert

I am married to Janet and we have four children. I am active in Grace church in Racine, Wisconsin and serve there in leadership and teaching . I have been an internist for 30 years and keep busy by taking care of a full load of patients. On the side, I like to write, coach, mentor, spend time with my family just hangin' out, and help take care of our three dogs; a Golden and two Berneses'.
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5 Responses to What the Bible Teaches On Death and Dying (Part 1 of 3)

  1. Joanne says:

    What a Joy to know you will see your father again some day!!! The Joy in knowing JESUS !! To see Jesus face to face as well as our loved ones! Our sympathy extended to you as you love the memories of your father!!
    Joanne

  2. Jerry Worsham says:

    Hi Dr. Bob – I was just finishing a funeral message for the next day when I read this latest blog. I have preached 100s of funeral messages in my 40+ years of ministry. The absolute hardest,divesting thing I have ever done in ministry is preaching the sermon of an avowed unbeliever. How does one deal with our common denominator of death with out the ONLY confident hope we have in Jesus. My favorite funeral text is Jn 11: 25-27: The Person of Jesus “I am the resurrection and the life”;The Promise of Jesus “Never die”;The Penetrating Question of Jesus “Do you believe?” This is the linch pin of our hope – Not just intellectual belief or religious system/good works belief but Biblical saving faith of Jn1:12 and Acts 16:31. I rejoice with you that your father answered YES and today bask in the wonder and awe of Eternal Life. Be continually comforted in this as you reflect on his life. Keep up your excellent ministry of speaking God’s Truth and Hope.

  3. Tina Haag says:

    Dr. Gullberg-
    Thank you for sharing your story about your Dad. The words you used to describe him helped to create such a beautiful picture of him in my mind! He sounded like a very kind and loving man. May the memories of your father and the beauty of each day nourish your soul in the days ahead. May you find peace in knowing there is one more angel among us. My prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family during this very difficult time.

    With Heartfelt Sympathy,
    ~Tina H.

  4. Dale Dziedzic says:

    Please hurry up with parts 2 & 3
    Thank you

  5. Mark says:

    Great article Dr Bob, thanks.

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