Summary: Are you afraid of death or afraid of dying? This Bible study on the fear of death and the fear of dying highlights Bible verses about end of life issues. These verses encourage us to not be afraid of death or dying. Instead of fearing death and dying, we are encouraged to turn to God and look forward to being with Jesus in heaven.

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Death fear — Bible Truths to Conquer the Fear of Death

(With God's help, you can conquer the fear of death and dying)

(c) 2005, 2014 by Doug Britton, LMFT (Permission granted to print for personal use)

"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared
for those who love him"—but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. (1 Corinthians 2:9-10)

Do you fear death or dying, or do you worry about end of life issues?

Many people, including Christians, are afraid of death or afraid of dying. In fact many people are consumed by the fear of death and dying. Or they are afraid of suffering as they die.

Other common fears people have are that they will be a burden to others in their last years, or that their spouse or children who are left behind will suffer.

If you too worry about or fear dying, take some time to read and meditate on the passages in this Bible study. Pray as you read, asking God to remove your death fears and help you see things through his eyes. God does not want you to be afraid of death or afraid of dying.
When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" (1 Corinthians 15:54-55)

Be reconciled with God to overcome the fear of death or dying

Jesus came to reconcile us with God, free us from the fear of death and dying and give us the assurance of eternal life with him. How can we be reconciled with God? Jesus said, "You must be born again" (John 3:7) and added, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6).

If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. (Romans 10:9-10)
God created you and he loves you more than you can imagine. (Click here to read more about God's love for you.)

If you have not yet done so, surrender your life to Christ by saying the following as a prayer: "Dear Lord, I confess that I am a sinner. Please forgive my sins and accept me as your child. I invite you to be my Savior and the Lord of my life. I surrender myself to you in the name of Jesus Christ."

If you prayed with sincerity, Christ accepted you into his Kingdom. You are now a Christian and all the promises of heaven are yours. Welcome to the family of God! (If you would like to learn more about "salvation," or being born again," click here.)

There's no need to be afraid of death, for we will be with Jesus

If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. (Romans 6:5)

Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14)

After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. (1 Thessalonians 4:17)

Jesus came to set us free from the fear of death and dying

Jesus came to set us free. We do not need to be afraid of death or afraid of dying. There is no more need to fear the end of your life.
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. (Hebrews 2:14-15)

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11:25-26)

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. (Psalm 116:15)

It will be unimaginably wonderful in heaven (death is not the end of life)

Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:8)

So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. (1 Corinthians 15:42-44)

"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"—but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. (1 Corinthians 2:9-10)

There will be no sorrow or tears in heaven

He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken. (Isaiah 25:8)

For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. (Revelation 7:17)

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. (Revelation 21:4)

God sometimes takes the righteous away to be spared from evil

The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death. (Isaiah 57:1-2)

Do not fear dying, suffering, or other end-of-life-issues

"God will not give you more than you can handle." This common saying (which many people incorrectly think is in the Bible) doesn't mean God causes all your problems! It is simply a way to say that he will be with you, walk with you, and strengthen you no matter what you go through. He will help you overcome the fear of death and the fear of dying.

Note: The phrase "God will not give you more than you can handle" comes from the following verse (which has a somewhat different meaning): "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it" (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Look at the confidence Paul, Peter, and John had when considering the suffering Christians might have to experience.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. (Romans 8:18-19)

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. (1 Peter 1:3-6)

They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. (Revelation 12:11)

Don't fear that you will be a burden to others

One reason people sometimes have a fear of death is that they worry about being a burden to others. That's a normal fear. But the Bible says we are all connected to one another (Romans 12:4-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:12-27). God expects us to care for one another. Although it sometimes can be a burden, caring for others can also be a blessing, for it is as we give of ourselves that we become more like Christ.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Don't fear for those you will leave behind

If you die before your spouse, children, parents or other significant people in your life, they likely will miss you greatly. If you die when your spouse or children still are living with you, they will miss your love, support and care. Yet God loves them much more than you do. Be sure to write a will and provide as best you can for the future, and then put yourself and your family in God's hands. Don't be afraid of death or dying for their sake. If you die first, God will still be with them! Remember, he loves them much more than you do!
But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. (Psalm 10:14)

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. (Psalm 68:5)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:6-8)

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

Overcome the fear of death or dying by looking forward to heaven

It's normal to have a fear of death or fear of dying. One way to overcome being afraid of death or dying is to think about spending eternity with Jesus.
Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. (Romans 8:23)

Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling. (2 Corinthians 5:1-2)

For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. (2 Corinthians 5:4)

We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8)

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 3:20)

Overcome the fear of death or dying by remembering you have a purpose

Let the verses in this study help you overcome being afraid of death or afraid of dying. But don't stop there. God wants you to make a difference while you are here on earth. He wants you to touch the world for Christ. Meditate on the verses on this page, overcome your fear of death, then make a difference for Christ!
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith. (Philippians 1:21-25)

If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. (Romans 14:8)

Overcome the fear of death or dying by remembering God's love for you

One reason people fear death or dying is that they don't think God loves them. If you sometimes feel God doesn't love you, take a minute to read this free online Bible study on God's love for us—and for you.

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