In the wake of my old friend’s death, I’d like to remind people that death for Christians is something we actually look forward to.
However, I disagree with the pastor who conducted the funeral wake last week.
He kept emphasising that only Christians go to heaven, and everyone else goes to hell. That is true, but how many times does one have to keep hammering it into people’s heads?
If I were an unbeliever, I may have believed even less in Jesus after his draggy and insensitive sermons. If my relative were lying dead there, the last thing I want to hear is my reservation in hell. We can leave the evangelism for another day.
But back to my point.
Yes, we should grieve and mourn for our friends who have passed on, but if they have gone to God, they will no longer have tears or feel pain.
And I declared that the dead,
who had already died,
are happier than the living,
who are still alive. But better than both
is he who has not yet been,
who has not seen the evil
that is done under the sun.