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Christians To Die A Natural Death

Why doesn't God allow Christian believers to die a natural death and not by accident or by illnesses?

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 ---kharole on 7/18/05
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what is a natural death? It rains on the just and unjust and we live in a corrupt body where disease will happen. Our bodies are temporary and prone to all illness and disease. That is natural
---shira_5965 on 1/10/08

Christians & non-Christians alike both face the same kinds of death- illness, injury, old age, crimes of violence- Christians no more than non, unless you're looking at pagan countries, where Christians are persecuted & killed. The only difference is that the death of His saints is precious in the eyes of the Lord, because they will soon be with Him.
---Ann5758 on 3/13/07

Eloy.touched on it that there's no such thing as "natural death" death came about as a result of sin. In the "new earth" people will not say "Iam sick" the gift of God is eternal life!
---1st_cliff on 7/21/05

Christians do not fear death because as 1Cor.5:6-8 states, "We are willing to be absent from the body & present with the Lord." That we die or how we die is less important than how we live. In whatever way one dies, to ask for the grace of God to accept it, seems to me, balm.
---Rebecca on 7/19/05

DoryLory it is the heart attitude that causes us to receive Salvation not some words we pray.
When the heart and life doesn't change the Salvation issue is as it was.
Not everyone moves as fast as another but it is the change of heart that brings Salvation.
---Elder on 7/19/05

Dying is not natural either. Death did not exist until the first serpent and woman and man sinned. All this loss of life and pain and suffering are the consequences of sin. If you are a born-again Christian you are promised everlasting life in heaven. Focus on the Lord and his overwhelming goodness, for this life on earth has nothing for us here, and it will all be burned up by fire anyhow.
---Eloy on 7/19/05

Ask yourself this: Why did Jesus, who was absolutely sinless, have to die such a horrible death for our sake? God will not allow us to go through anything we can't handle, so whatever type of death comes our way, we have the comfort of knowing who watches over us and who will be waiting for us with open arms.

God bless.
---Dorothy on 7/18/05

When I was a new Christian, I heard a minister say that we, as Christians, can pray for a non-violent death. I never forgot that because to me, it makes sense. Do any of us take pleasure in seeing our loved ones suffer? Why would our Father God ... the God of love and mercy ... want His children to suffer, even in death?

3 John 1:2 - "BELOVED, I pray that you may prosper in all things and BE IN HEALTH, just as your soul prospers." His desire for us is health.
---DoryLory on 7/18/05

I know there is suffering in the world & lots of it. We all suffer to one degree or another (my 23 month old baby fell into a camp fire) but that doesn't mean suffering is God's will. John 10:10 says - "THE thief comes only to steal & kill & destroy. I have come that they may have life, & have it to the full."

If our life is being stolen from us through anything that kills or destroys, I believe the Thief (our enemy, the devil) is responsible. It's not God's perfect will.
---DoryLory on 7/18/05

When it's time for us to move to our eternal home in glory, I believe the Lord's perfect will, would be that we simply "go to sleep" ... with a smile on our face. To me, anything that kills, steals, or destroys, is a type of violence and I think we should be able to pray for a non-violent death.
---DoryLory on 7/18/05

A great question and one that all Christians ask themself at one time or another. I can say that nowhere in the bible does it say "life is easy and without challenge once you believe in God". We (Christians) have to suffer all that the world has to offer. BUT, we can do so knowing that should it happen to us we can sit with our Lord on that day and see the glory of His kingdom. We can also see the glory of His kingdom before that day as well should we chose to....
---Mark on 7/18/05

There are only a couple stories in Scriptures about people who were translated without the usual passing on process. We all live in these vulnerable bodies. It matters not HOW we die; it matters only whether our souls will live with our Lord for eternity. That's our choice! We MUST stay focused on Jesus who is our Redeemer from all our human ways even unto death!
---Elsie on 7/18/05

Elder, I once heard a young man say he had confessed the prayer for salvation ONLY to get his sister off his back. He wanted her to quit nagging him & he wanted to prove to her that nothing would happen, so he said the prayer ... AND the Lord touched him & changed his life! He ended up on-fire for the Lord & going into ministry. My feeling is, if the Lord doesn't expect us to always get it just right, how can we expect it of each other. Sometimes God is just bigger than we are. (Thank God!)
---DoryLory on 7/18/05

Matthew 5:48

If he were to treat us differently than unbelivers in regards to natural matters how could he be called a just or holy God?

It's simple, the rain falls on the wicked and the redeemed, his perfect love is the common denominator in natural matters.
---Pharisee on 7/18/05

What difference does it make the Christian never dies only the body does.
Plus, if there was a difference in things like this physically then people would make professions of faith just to excape the things you spoke of. There are too many self-centered professions anyway.
I had a man pray to "accept" Christ in the Hospital and later he told me he did it because he didn't want to die. He no more accepted Christ than if he didn't pray.
---Elder on 7/18/05

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