How Do You Talk About Death

We've all heard comments like this. Many of us have probably uttered them at one time or another.

- 'John Doe' is in a better place now.
- Heaven is reserved for the very best.
- They're resting with the angels.
- I know he/she is watching over us.

I understand many people don't know what to say in the face of death. Death is a sad thing. The ironic thing to me is how spiritual people get when they encounter death. "There is no such thing as an atheist in a foxhole" they say. Well, there are very few atheists when it comes to dealing with death.

When someone dies suddenly everyone is 'praying' for the grieving family. Sometimes people even commit to 'praying' for the dead person. I don't get it. The same people who get live entire lives focused on themselves and serving their idols (be it the god of sex, money, good feelings, power, fashion, or fill-in-the-blank), these same people are talking about angels and better places.

Shouldn't that tell us something about the existence of God? And if it does, shouldn't the existence of God have some impact on the trajectory of our lives? And if it should, shouldn't there be some way human beings could know what God expects of them?

The answers are in your Bible. It is God's game-plan for creation. It is HIStory. And someday you and I are going to meet the God we talk about so much. It would be wise to be ready for that meeting.