Here are some of the Bible passages that present the ideas found in the series, A Reflection on Our Fear of Death.

Why Do We Suffer and Die?

God gave the first humans a choice: obey his will or rebel against it. Under the influence of God’s enemy, Satan, they chose to do the one thing God asked them not to do. At that moment, they transferred their allegiance from God’s Kingdom to his enemy’s domain — an enemy bent on destroying us and keeping us separated from our Creator.

Our ancestors did not realize it at the time, but listening to that enemy instead of God opened the door to the evil, suffering, and death that is now part of our reality. This first bad decision (called the Fall) also banished them from Paradise, because only those who are unblemished can live in the presence of a perfectly holy and just God.

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