Afraid of Dying?

By P Chong                                                        Wed. 14 April 2010

You’ve no doubt heard many a sermon preached or theories on the question of life & death. With due respect, many of them have undoubtedly left you confused & disillusioned. The crux of the matter is that death, like taxes, is a certainty in life. It’s not a question of IF, but WHEN.

Sooner or later, we must all face death. Source: KRT

You are not about to hear from me theology or theories, philosophy or astrology, though I have, without sounding audacious, in my time preached many a sermon behind the pulpit. Nor would I want to bore you to sleep with lengthy talk. I would, if you permit me, relate to you a simple story to throw light on this much debated issue.

Our LORD Jesus Christ had but three years of public ministry. His preaching has withstood the test of time over the past two thousand years. It’s all on the basis of simple stories relating to everyday life or nature. This proves that “Simplicity sells, complexity repels.”

The story goes:

A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to 
leave the examination room and said, ‘
Doctor, I am afraid to die. 
Tell me what lies on the other side.’ 

Very quietly, the doctor said, ‘I don’t know.’ 

’You don’t know? You’re, a Christian man, 
and don’t know what’s on the other side?’

The doctor was holding the handle of the door; 
on the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, 
and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room 
and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.

Turning to the patient, the doctor said, 
’Did you notice my dog? 
He’s never been in this room before. 
He didn’t know what was inside. 
He knew nothing except that his master was here, 
and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. 
I know little of what is on the other side of death, 
But I do know one thing…

I know my Master is there and that is good enough.’

Whatever your misgivings, doubt & belief, may you put your faith & trust in God that he’ll be there waiting to receive you. “I know my Master is there & that is good enough.”

Whether you’re rich or poor,

mighty or meekly,

strong or weak,

young or old,

spiritual or secular,

ultimately, everyone dies!

Needless to say, to be well received

you need to be well prepared.


3 thoughts on “Afraid of Dying?

  1. Mariya Stephen

    Paul that was very good well written, you made me cry reading it and I know we all have to go that way one day sooner or later. Yes to tell you the truth, I am afraid to die because I am not sure whether my master is waiting for me on the other side. As we all have so many things in our life that needs to be forgiven and to forgive. We all have gone through, too many hurt, too many people had hurt us, all throughout our life and we try to forgive them but sometimes it is not easy, easy said then done, so I am trying to forgive those who had hurt me and to forget them. Thank Paul, you are doing a great work and may God’s blessing be always upon you all throughout your life.
    Love in Christ

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