“It is understood that death is not the end that many have resigned themselves to believing. The fact that death exists, is self evident it cannot be the end of existence. Existence itself is greater than death. It is the backdrop against which death exists. To think of death as the end places it as existence itself. Man perceives of death the way he does only because he is in subjugation to it. It is therefore a condition of the way he thinks. Were it the case that he was above it then it simply would not matter. It would not be a thing of consideration in the conduct of our lives the way it now is. We have seen clearly how life is lived under subjection to death. From the dawn of creation to the present time the world has known its effects. By way of comparison, how is life lived when in the state of being above death? Bear in mind that true life is not lived in reference to death. King Solomon spoke of this in Prov. 15. Note verse 24,
24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from the hell beneath.
This takes us back to the book of Revelation regarding the meaning and vision of life discussed in the previous Chapter. You will recall that John had to be taken to heaven in order to see the things he wrote about regarding the vision of Life. From his position in heaven and the consciousness this provided he could see more clearly the realities of “life” and “death” here on earth. On the subject of death, he informs us of a first and a second death. Note Rev. 20:12-14,
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened:
and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out
of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the
dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
This very idea leaves us with the sense that death is other than what it is generally thought to be. But few ever really stop to consider what death actually is…There is still no other explanation for the origin and purpose of death, or life, than the creation account given in the book of Genesis. The evolutionist, by their reasoning is without any meaningful explanation why death exists. It is simply accepted as a fact of life and practically ignored leaving it shrouded in mystery…” p.142
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