Death: Facts, Quotes and Life after Death/Near Death Experiences

What is Death?

1. the act of dying; the end of human life (but not the spiritual); the total and permanent cessation of all the vital functions of an organism. Compare brain death.
2. the state of being dead: to lie still in death.
3. extinction; destruction: It will mean the death of our hopes.


Death is the term used to describe the cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living organism. Phenomena which commonly bring about death include old age, predation, malnutrition, disease, and accidents or trauma resulting in terminal injury. All known organisms inevitably experience death. Bodies of living organisms begin to decompose shortly after death.

On average more than 150,000 people die every day on this planet. That's 2 people per second. Over a million corpses a week. And this is "normal" for planet earth. Does this fact help you get some perspective on the scope of various tragedies? If 3000 people get wiped out in a single stroke, that's still only 2% of one day's total...

So how comfortable do you feel with the idea that today might be your last day alive? For 150,000 people today, that's about to become the reality.

Medical Definitions

In medicine, when a person has lost their pulse, that is considered clinical death. After clinical death, assuming the heart is not restarted, the cells will enter apostasy, or cellular death, which is irreversible. Finally, there is chemical death, where the body returns to the basic components via decomposition

Death Quotes

No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow.

Death is a debt we all must pay.

Our birth is nothing but our death begun.

A thousand words won't bring you back, I know because I've tried,

neither will a million tears, I know because I've cried.

The darkness that surrounds us cannot hurt us. It is the darkness in your own heart you should fear.

Death comes suddenly!

All men think all men mortal, but themselves

Old men go to death; but death comes to young men too.

Death waits for prey,

Death stalks, pounces then slays.

Death waits for no-one,

Death is an army of one.

Stalking, pouncing, stalking, pouncing,

That's what they say he does.

Running, stabbing, running, stabbing,

Killing is what Death loves.

Death can be black, death can be white,

Death never takes to flight.

I hope you have enough breath,

To have enjoyed a true story about death.

Life after Death

One of the great mysteries of life is what will happen after we die. The true answer is profoundly comforting and brings peace into our minds and hearts. Death is not the end, but rather just a step that we must all take. Death separates us from this temporal world but does not end our existence. When a person dies their spirit departs from this world and moves into the spirit world.

While in this life, people ask the questions: Is death the end, or is there something of people that survives after death? What kind of existence will one have after one dies? Will it be good or bad? Is there anything one can do to make it good? Every culture on earth has believed in life after death. The majority of the worlds religions believes in life after death. However, but only in the Christian religion can one experience eternal life:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

And the dust return into its earth, from whence it was, and the spirit return to God, who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7).

So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it shall rise in incorruption. It is sown in dishonour, it shall rise in glory. It is sown in weakness, it shall rise in power. It is sown a natural body, it shall rise a spiritual body” (1 Corinthians 15:42–44).

Life after death is a doctrine that is absolutely central to the Christian faith. Without this belief in future good, our faith would be meaningless, and so would our lives:

1 Corinthians 15:12-19, “But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; for you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.”

In fact, down in verse 32, the apostle Paul is even more blunt: “If the dead are not raised: Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” That is, if we did not believe that we were to rise again from the dead, we might live like the heathen and impious without any moral and decency, who have no belief in the resurrection.

Resurrection of the Dead

One strand of belief in the afterlife is the resurrection of the dead at the end of the world. In this literal view, bodies will rise from their graves, return to life and be united with the soul of the body with whom it lived with while on earth. The resurrection is thus the rising again from the dead, the resumption of life. The Fourth Lateran Council of the Catholic Church teaches that all men, whether elect or reprobate, “will rise again with their own bodies which they now bear about with them”. In the language of the creeds and professions of faith this return to life is called resurrection of the body, and that for a reason: since the soul cannot die, it cannot be said to return to life.

The resurrection of the dead was expressly taught by Christ (John 5:28-29; 6:39-40; 11:25; Luke 14:14) and defended against the unbelief of the Sadducees, whom He charged with ignorance of the power of God and of the Scriptures (Matthew 22:29; Luke 20:37). St. Paul places the general resurrection on the same level of certainty with that of Christ’s Resurrection: “If Christ be preached, that he rose again from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen again. And if Christ be not risen again, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain” (1 Corinthians 15:12 sqq.). The Apostle preached the resurrection of the dead as one of the fundamental doctrines of Christianity, at Athens, for instance (Acts 17:18, 31, 32), at Jerusalem (33: 6), before Felix (24:15), before Agrippa (26:8). He insists on the same doctrine in his Epistles (Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians 6:14; 15:12 sqq.; 2 Corinthians 4:14; 5:1 sqq.; Philippians 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:12-16; 2 Timothy 2:11; Hebrews 6:2), and in this he agrees with the Apocalypse/Revelation (20:12 sqq.).

Although all bodies will eventually be resurrected, not everyone will go to heaven. A choice must be made by each person in this life, and this choice will determine one’s eternal destination. The Bible says that it is appointed for us to die only once, and after that will come judgment (Hebrews 9:27). Those who have been made righteous by faith in Christ will go into eternal life in heaven upon death, and at the resurrection will their bodies be joining them in there, but those who reject Christ as Savior or dies in mortal sin will be sent to eternal punishment in hell (Matthew 25:46). Hell, like heaven, is not simply a state of existence, but a literal place. It is a place where the unrighteous will experience never-ending, eternal wrath from God. Hell is described as a bottomless pit (Luke 8:31; Revelation 9:1) and a lake of fire, burning with sulfur, where the inhabitants will be tormented day and night forever and ever (Revelation 20:10). In hell, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, indicating intense grief and anger (Matthew 13:42).
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