Have you walked through a cemetery lately? Well, if you’re too scared to do so, you shouldn’t be! Well, not of the dead people, at least. In Ghana many cemeteries are dangerous simply because they are unkempt. They’re overgrown with grass and sprawling with reptiles and other dangerous stuff. But the dead people?
My nine-year-old nephew is still afraid of the dark. He says he’s afraid of “dead people”. When asked to expatiate, he says he feels haunted by Kwame Nkrumah and Evans Atta Mills, former and late presidents of Ghana. We laugh at him, but we also educate him, and sadly many grown-ups need this education too.
Ancient mythology, various religions, and now Hollywood-backed pop culture have fed society, including my little nephew, with unbiblical myths about death. The Bible plainly presents death as the opposite of life. Death is always viewed in contrast to life right from the beginning. After receiving brand new life, Adam and Eve were warned of the possibility of losing it (Genesis 2:17). Deuteronomy 30:15, 19 set them apart as ethical opposites. Likewise Paul famously sets them apart in Romans 6:23. Job opines of the nothingness in death (Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6), while John extols the abundance in life (John 10:10). In John 3:16, Jesus promises that those who believe in Him will live forever rather than perish. Peter is sure that David is still dead (Acts 2:29), and I am sure that Jesus is alive (Revelation 1:18). Clearly, there is a difference.
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