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I Am Afraid Of Death

I will be having surgery in 12 days. I am christian, but am afraid of surgery. I'm afraid of being put to sleep and not waking up.I think about it constantly, and I've been crying about it becaue I'm so scared. I pray about it everyday, but there's always fear. Why am I afraid of dying if I'm christian?

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---JackB on 11/7/11

Please know that God loves you! It's ok to be afriad, Jesus understands our fears and accepts us, fears and all! He lived a human life! We are human! Someday we will live in our enternal bodies, but that is not today. Today we can call upon Christ with all of our cares and fears! He will take them and make them his, even when we can't ! Our God is awesome! Everyone's journey with Christ has a beginning and we are at different stages of that journey, the beauty of this journey is it is always growing and never-ending ! God Peace!
---Crystal on 11/7/11

Jason, I've never read that Jesus feared. Unless you are referring to the prayer he prayed in the garden of Gethsemene when he sweat drops of blood because of what he had to experience. I guess that could be considered fear.Where else? Perfect love casts out fear & Jesus was perfect. I'm not condemning, just asking.
---fay on 6/8/10

The Bible is not a weapon to be used by its readers to proove a self serving point our human understanding seems to be one of shallow and very one sided knowledge of the greatest book ever compiled. Fear is not a crime in the christian faith and we dont fear because we lack faith, we fear because we are human and the unknown and the known can frighten us,if i ride a rollercoaster i know whats coming but it still scares me,we fear death because we love one another and going to a new place no matter how great is not a feeling we can comprehend in our present physical form,our lord jesus feared for others and himself in his human form
---jason on 6/8/10

You are scared because you lack faith. You can't kind of trust God, either you do or you don't.
He is understanding of our frailties so ask him to forgive you for your unbelief but be serious.
By continuing to entertain Satan you are telling Jesus he is a fraud. Perfect love cast out fear and so we have two problems.
1. You don't believe perfect love cast out fear.
2. Because you don't believe what Christ said, you won't accept what he said and ultimately what he did.
Jesus doesn't share the stage with fear. He'll quietly remain backstage until you move to do otherwise.
---larry on 11/19/09

Was "Freaked" to have surgery after many misdiagnosis, of thyroid cancer. Up till 4 am trying to "bargain with God" I Believe in Him with all my heart. Realized can't bargain with Him. Lord's Prayer and "if You want me to return, Thy Will Be Done", wiped my fears away, repeated this until I was knocked out. Being a nervous person, to put that faith in Him and calm down was a miracle. Being wheeled into surgery, looked at overheard lights and continued Thy will be done, prayed Lord, if I don't see these again, I pray to wake up looking at the very bright lights in Heaven. 4 words and if it could make a wreck like me feel comforted, I Know it will for you and I too am praying for you.
---Dottee_Belleau on 11/19/09

It's a natural, human fear.
---amand6348 on 11/18/09

Anna, I just got out of the hospital after being in there THREE times. The second time I was in for 9 days. They told me I was going to die. I said, "OKAY."

You are afraid because of fear of the unknown. Do you have eternal life? Do you believe Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah? Then you have eternal life and eternal means never-ending. Your body goes to the grave and your spirit ascends to heaven.

Get a copy of Jesse Duplantis DVD called Close Encounters of the God Kind. He describes what heaven is like, what they do up there, lots of good things he talks will bless your socks off!!
---Donna on 11/17/09

I have had many surgeries in the last 5 years and understand what that must be like. While I don't really fear death per say and didn't cry about it at night, I did consider it many times with a sense that I didn't want to leave my family members behind to deal with grief. I don't know if that helps or not but I will pray for you. When is your surgery? What type of surgery will you be undergoing? Just remember that more people make it through surgery alive than die during a procedure. You will probably be just fine:).
---jody on 11/14/09

Even good Christians who are sure of their salvation may fear death. Even if they are sure of heaven, fear of the unknown may arise. We don't KNOW much about Heaven. We're told it will be wonderful, but it is too unfamilar to feel "comfortable" with. We don't know exactly what to expect.
Get other Christian to pray for you.

If God has brought you through difficult things in the past, know He will not desert you now.

I'm sure you will be fine. I've had numerous surgeries and I always do this. When they are ready to start the anesthesia, I consciously place myself in Jesus' hands. As I start to fall asleep (which happens very quickly) I relax and visualize myself in the palm of HIS hands.
Then.....I'm awake again.
---Donna66 on 11/14/09

Just realize Christ died and rose from the dead and so will the Father raise you from the dead if you have put your trust in Jesus. If your sins are paid, theres no reason for God to leave you dead. Fear of death is a tool of Satan

Hebrews 2:14,15
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same, that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil, And deliver them who ***through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage***.

Even CHrist was nervous and He KNEW He would be risen in 3 days time. I dont think we're expected to be any more than He was.
---JackB on 11/14/09

Everyone suffers from some type of fear. And those who don't are either one or two things: A liar, or they never do or try anything. Probably stays in their comfort zones. The trick is to not allow your fears to control you. It is not a sin to have feelings of fear, doom, come over you, feelings of fear and doom is straight out of hell. It is a sin to bow to them, and a sign of great courage when you don't. Pride can enter into it, if everything were made easy. And no dependence upon God, too. Now, about your plight: I'll be honest I don't know what to say to you about this because, I have had a little experiences, and I am not afraid to die. Praise God I hope I will remain that way....As always, pray hard as you go under!
---catherine on 11/14/09

God does not give us the spirit of fear, because perfect love casts out fear. If you love Jesus and trust your life to him then you should have faith that he will care for you, and so there is no fear.
---Eloy on 11/14/09

Anna, Beloved child of God. Father understands your fear and He is always compassionate, He loves you. Remember the lesson the Father taught Job? Job a man who was upright, honored the Father and eschewed evil. Job allowed His hedge be to compromised in this, "the thing which [he] greatly feared [came upon him], and that which he was afraid of [came to him]" do not allow your hedge of protection to be broken. Pray dear heart, and remember "all things, whatever you shall ask in prayer, 'believing' (relying on, trusting in, and depending upon the Father for fulfillment) you shall receive." But ask in faith, cast doubt from your mind, most of all, Fear not! The LORD is with you, and His plans for you are for good and not evil.
---Josef on 11/14/09

this is not unatural,but fear is not what God wants for you.Let me just say that when our lord was in the garden he was afraid,he asked God to take this cup from me,being a christian wont stop fear,but it will give strength
---tom2 on 11/13/09

Anna, Take a deep breath. If you have received Jesus into your heart and believe that he came down to earth and died for your sins and rose again and sits at the right hand of God, you are saved. If not, then ask Him now and believe. But know this, many heart felt, born again believers feel fear from time to time aand it makes them no less Christian and in the end the become more Christ like if they go beyond their fear and learn to trust more and more. This is waht Peter was sharing when he said, "count it alll joy when you fall into variious temptations". Temptation isn't always about things like lust. Fear can be a temptation to try to make you think your not saved. Part one.
---james on 11/13/09

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God does understand our fears,yes fear is from the evil one BUT......we are still in the flesh and God knows that as well and we are far from perfect..........He will give you the strength to do what you have to do

And don't let anyone tell you your not a Christian because you are afraid of surgery
God will be with you and I will keep you in prayer.........God Bless you
---Gabby on 11/13/09

You are not alone. To be afraid of something is only human. And you are human. You need to pray over this and come to grips with your fear. Also tell your doctor what you are sharing with the bloggers here. Fear is nothing to be ashamed of.Fear is very real. People that tell you otherwise is lying to you. My prayers are with you.Please be strong and encouraged. Jesus will be with you in that operating room. Only think on this. God will see you through.
The fear of death and dying will be with us always, whether we are a Christian or not.
I also fear major surgery and hope I never have to have one. I am Christian also.
---Robyn on 11/13/09

Anna . . . for surgery, you blank out, and then you're awake - - however long later, not even knowing how long it was you were under. And I'd say if we die it's like this . . . we just go unconscious, then we wake up in the next life to discover how this really will be. "'Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.'" (John 14:27) I'm curious what it will be like, how God already has planned for me to die. He has His good plan, creative in His love. But I don't want to hurry Him, but be obedient by staying for as long as He wants and for what He wants > like Paul stayed in order to help us > Philippians 1:23-24, 3:7-16, 4:1-13.
---Bill_bila5659 on 11/13/09

alan had a great response.

Assuming one is saved, the experience can be a growing/learning experience.

One may not know what they learned till some time afterwards.

Even Jesus said, Let this cup pass from Me, but not My will but Your will be done.
---Rod4Him on 11/13/09

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I think some fear of the unknown espically if you've never had surgery is normal.Now I do think nightmares and crying is a bit troublesome.You should be able to pray about it and have peace.Pray for peace.As far as death God gives us some natural fear of it or we would get saved and then do stupid things to endanger our lives.God wants us here as His missionaries at home and away.
---shirley on 11/13/09

Hi Anna, I went through the EXACT same thing recently before my surgery and today I am just fine and very happy I had the surgery done! I, too, thought about it CONSTANTLY and cried for 2 hours the morning of surgery but thank God I did it now. :) You will be fine, honey, I'm keeping you in my prayers, God bless you dear, Mary
---Mary on 11/13/09

Maybe you're afraid of dying and surgery because you are NOT really a Christian. Sorry to say this, but the Bible calls them FALSE converts. If you are truly a Christian, then like Paul you will say "To live is Christ, to die is gain". You will not be afraid of death, because you are going to Heaven to be with Jesus. Also you will be reminded that Jesus will do the surgery, and so you are in the BEST hands. If these things scare you rather than comfort you, then you are NOT really a Christian.
---Leslie on 11/13/09

#2 - Also, maybe God will give you a near death experience in Heaven or Hell, while you are on the oporating table in surgery. This also should comfort not scare us, to know that God cares for us so much that He will do whatever it takes to reach us, even if it is showing us Hell. This is how much God loves you, and this should comfort and excite you, not scare you.
---Leslie on 11/13/09

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Because you have no security in your beliefs. If you believe your salvation depends upon your behavior you will always have doubts and fears. However it is not God's plan for you to have doubts and fears but to be secure in the knowledge that you are trusting in the shed blood of Jesus and him alone to see you to heaven!!! Be encouraged Jesus loves you died for you and will take you to heaven you have but to trust and lean completely on him!
---mima on 11/13/09

I would recommend that you postpone the surgery until your outlook is more confident.

Generally, people who are afraid of dying during surgery in fact do so.
---Cluny on 11/13/09

If you have husband & children, it's quite OK to be afraid of not seeing them again, not helping your husband, not seeing the kids grow up.

If you're young, it's OK to be afraid of missing all the things you've hoped for in life, maybe of not knowing whether we ever go back to the moon, or not being able to support your parents in their old age.

It's OK to enjoy the pleasures & experiences God gives us in this life ... they're not all fleshly and to be avoided as religious spoil-sports would have us believe. If you miss out on these in the future, there'll be much more for you in Heaven.

That's true, (But it's easy for me to say this, not facing the situation immediately)

God understands your fears.
---alan8566_of_uk on 11/13/09

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