Afraid Of Dying

Q. I’m afraid of dying because I don’t know much about Heaven and I’m afraid of not being good enough to go there. I’m afraid of the doubtful thoughts I’ve been having. The ‘what if there is no Heaven’ thoughts. I pray a lot and read bible verses most days. I grew up Christian and have been saved. It was a wonderful feeling! I guess I’m asking how to ease my mind. Would fellowship strengthen my faith and help me to not feel so fearful?

A. I don’t know of anyone who truly understands what Heaven will be like. In 1 Cor. 2:9 Paul said it’s beyond our comprehension. But Christians should have no fear of dying because entrance into Heaven has nothing to do with how good we’ve been here. It has to do with what we believe.

If you have been saved, you are assured a place in Heaven. Read Ephesians 1:13-14 and 2 Cor. 1:21-22, which show that our inheritance, which is eternal life, was guaranteed as soon as we believed that Jesus died for our sins and rose again.

The Bible contains 582 direct references to Heaven and many more indirect ones. The fact that there is a Heaven is one of its most exciting claims. It’s a place where we will live forever with God, where there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain (Rev. 21:4).

Being in a Bible believing church where you can meet like minded friends and talk about these things will certainly help quiet your fears.

Paul wrote, ” The first man (Adam) was of the dust of the earth; the second man (Jesus) is of heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man” (1 Cor. 15:47-49).

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