Bible Truths to Conquer
the Fear of Death and Dying
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"—but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit
(1 Corinthians 2:9-10).
Do you fear death or dying? Or do you worry about end of life issues?
Many people, including Christians, are afraid of death. In fact many people are consumed by the fear of death and dying. Or they are afraid of suffering as they die.
Other common fears people have are that they will be a burden to others in their last years, or that their spouse or children who are left behind will suffer.
If you too worry about or fear dying, take some time to read and meditate on the passages in this Bible study. Pray as you read, asking God to remove your fears and help you see things through his eyes. God does not want you to fear end of life issues.
Be reconciled with God.
Jesus came to reconcile us with God, free us from the fear of death and give us the assurance of eternal life with him. How can we be reconciled with God? Jesus said, "You must be born again" (John 3:7) and added, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6).
If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved (Romans 10:9-10). God created you and he loves you more than you can imagine.
If you have not yet done so, surrender your life to Christ by saying the following as a prayer: "Dear Lord, I confess that I am a sinner. Please forgive my sins and accept me as your child. I invite you to be my Savior and the Lord of my life. I surrender myself to you in the name of Jesus Christ."
If you prayed with sincerity, Christ accepted you into his Kingdom. You are now a Christian and all the promises of heaven are yours. Welcome to the family of God!
Will we be with Jesus after we die?
Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14).
After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever (1 Thessalonians 4:17).
Jesus came to set us free from the fear of death.
Jesus came to set us free from the fear of death and dying. There is no more need to fear the end of your life. Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death (Hebrews 2:14-15).
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11:25-26). Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints (Psalm 116:15).
It will be unimaginably wonderful in heaven. (Death is not the end of life!)
Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing (2 Tim. 4:8).
So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body (1 Corinthians 15:42-44). "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"—but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).
There will be no sorrow or tears in heaven.
He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken (Isaiah 25:8). For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes (Revelation 7:17). He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away (Revelation 21:4).
God sometimes takes the righteous away to be spared from evil.
The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death (Isaiah 57:1-2).
Do not fear suffering before you die.
God will not give you more than you can handle. This common saying—which many people incorrectly think is in the Bible—doesn't mean God causes all your problems! It is simply a way to say that he will be with you, walk with you, and strengthen you no matter what you go through. He will help you overcome the fear of death and dying.
They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death (Revelation 12:11).
Don't fear that you will be a burden to others.
One reason people sometimes have a fear of death is that they worry about being a burden to others. That's a normal fear. But the Bible says we are all connected to one another (Romans 12:4-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:12-27). God expects us to care for one another. Although it sometimes can be a burden, caring for others also can be a blessing, for it is as we give of ourselves that we become more like Christ. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28).
Don't fear for those you will leave behind.
If you die before your spouse, children, parents or other significant people in your life, they likely will miss you greatly. If you die when your spouse or children still are living with you, they will miss your love, support and care. Yet God loves them much more than you do. There's no need to worry. If you die first, God will still be with them! Remember, he loves them much more than you do!
But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless (Psalm 10:14).
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling (Psalm 68:5).
Overcome the fear of death. Look forward to being with Jesus!
Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling (2 Corinthians 5:1-2).
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20).
But . . . Don't passively wait for the end of life. You have a purpose!
God wants you to make a difference while you are here on earth. He wants you to touch the world for Christ. Meditate on the verses on this page, overcome your fear of death, and then make a difference for Christ!
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith (Philippians 1:21-25).