I doubt there is anyone who has not at one time or another feared death. Sooner or latter, almost all of us learn of death. Sooner or latter, almost all of us experience the death of someone close to us. Sooner or latter, almost all of us will die. Thus, I read Death is beautiful…REALLY??? by culturemonk with considerable curiosity. After being afraid of death most of his life, adopted a new attitude after the death of his father.
Death is beautiful. It is culmination of a live well lived. It is the next step from this journey that we each take and instead of filling us with sadness and anxiety; death gives us the opportunity to be thankful for life and the joy of living. (from here)
Is death beautiful? Except for that, I can agree with ‘s appraisal of death, but death is not beautiful. Death something we suffer in pain. Even Jesus suffered at the prospect of death, and when His friends cried over death, He shared their tears.
The Bible teaches death came to us as a consequence of the first sin (Genesis 3). God took care to make it so.
Genesis 3:22-24 New King James Version (NKJV)
22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
Was God just being cruel and mean to us? No. He wanted us to learn a lesson. In his notes on the Bible (Genesis 3), John Wesley observed this of (Genessis 3: 22).
Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil – See what he has got, what advantages, by eating forbidden fruit! This is said to humble them, and to bring them to a sense of their sin and folly, that seeing themselves thus wretchedly deceived by following the devil’s counsel, they might henceforth pursue the happiness God offers, in the way he prescribes.
God could have sent Adam and Eve straight to Hell. Instead, He chose to send them into a world that was no longer a paradise. Instead, He promised them a redeemer. Because He still calls for us to be His children, instead of destroying Adam and Eve, He disciplined them.
Proverbs 3:11-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor detest His correction;
12 For whom the Lord loves He corrects,
Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
If beauty remains in this world, it is not because of death. It is because in spite of our sinful nature — the fact we deserve death — God still loves us.