The pope thread got me thinking and I bet there's a lot out there who are, except maybe those who have had a near death experience. Or maybe you beleive in the afterlife.
It's not that I'm afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens."
You wanna be sure that your ready to depart this life! We're only here for a short while at the best and i believe we are all given a chance at some period in our lives to realise that we arent here to stay and we gotta prepare for 'eternity', the hereafter!
Read Hebrews 9.27 in the bible - "As it is appointed unto men, once to die, but after this the judgment".
God gives us all a chance to acknowledge HIM and realise that we are sinners in HIS sight and we must understand that is why HE sent HIS only Son into the world - "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 - John 3.16"
Having been brought up in a 'christian' home i was ever made aware of these truths mentioned above and others! When i was 9 yrs old i can remember a near death situation - i got electrocuted after climbing up a ladder and grabbing 'live' electric wires unknowingly! I understood that this was God speaking to me and making me realise that had i been killed i would have been in Hell. I continued life as normal and never had much serious thought about it again! It was only when i was 15 i realised that i was really gonna perish for ever if i didnt repent of my sins. So i prayed to God that He would be merciful to me a 'sinner' and when i was on the way home from a gospel meeting with my family i realised for the first time in my life that 'Christ', God's Son had really died on the cross outside Jerusalem for my sins and i realised that i was saved or 'born again' as the bible puts it. It changed my life. I have different desires now and I like reading the bible and the major difference is 'I dont fear death' now as i used to before i was born again! Why u might ask? because Christ has destroyed him that had the power of death, that is the devil and delivered them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage!
Romans 3.23 - For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God
John 3.7 - Marvel not that i said unto thee, ye must be born again.
I am not "afraid" to die. I do not have a belief in a god or an omnipotent being which rules over our lives... There certainly is the possibility, and anything is certainly possible.
"Dying is the virtue in us going to its destination" -- LIEH TZU
The only reason for a fear of death is the same reason for all fear. Fear of the unknown. It is why we fear the dark, fear death, fear other cultures and customs, fear other people.
"How do I know that in clinging to this life I am not merely clinging to a dream and delaying my entry into the real world?" -- CHUANG TZU
To call it the end is very presumptuous, like wise to call it the beginning is very presuptuous. Who is to say? Many use religion as a means of acceptance, many use some other form of spirituality, and others still do not except it and fight it until the bitter "end". It all comes down to acceptance and belief in what you feel comes next.
"It is said that we are born from a quiet sleep and that at death, we slip into a calm awakening." -- CHUANG TZU
For me I can not say for certain of a life after death, or the idea of re-incarnation, or returning to the earth as a spirit, or the ultimate end, nothingness. All are equally possible and all equally acceptable to me, it is what it is... there is no changing that.
I am not afriad to die..been staring it in the face for a while now. Everything is in order and ready-just in case. I am not LOOKING forward too it, but I am not afraid either.
I am definitely afraid to die, because I'm having so much fun in life and there's still so much I want to do and so much to be done. I work at hospitals where people die everyday (not my doing, of course). It always saddens me when a patient of mine dies. However, I must say that some of these patients are better off dead, because life is bringing them nothing but pain and suffering, and there is no deliverance except the eternal sleep. If one day I'm in a similar situation, then no, I wouldn't be afraid to die; I would welcome death with open arms. Let's hope that I'll never be in that situation...
Tomorrow, and tomorrow and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death.
Out,out brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow,
a poor player,
That sruts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more;
it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
LIFE'S BRIEF CANDLE by William Shakespeare in the play "Macbeth"
These words were spoken by Macbeth. He and his wife planned the murder of the King of Scotland so that Macbeth could become king.Later they started to feel guilty for the murder. Then Lady Macbeth dies. Macbeth feels very sad. He regrets all the wrongs that he has done. He feels that life is not worth living any more. There is no more joy and meaning in life for him. He wishes that he could die too.
A classic poem.
Why wait to review your life just before you are going to die?
Focus your mind, not on the Akashic records themselves, but on a specific historical event for your initial trails. ... With a proven track record, you are now ready to venture much further ahead in time in your current life:
This provokes the case of Terry Mitchell...
Check this out!
I'm not afraid to die, but I'm afraid for the people I leave behind. I know this might sound a bit egotistical but I know a lot of people who I don't think would handle it well if I died soon.
I'm not afraid of dying as I know it happens to everyone eventually and I don't think that you will ever be ''ready'' for it as such and I believe that it will always be hard on family and friends, i don't invite it into my life but i don't hide from it and it doesn't prevent me living my life, whether its jumping out of an airplane, river rafting or even crossing a road ''just in case'' in happens...