What do you think the root cause to our missing the mark is? Our nature as humans? Evil? Something else?

In Slavery to Death, Richard Beck contends that it’s something else: fear of death. Do you buy that?

It’s something to think about when we consider the earliest Christians. For instance, in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, Paul clearly thought the Corinthians had a bad view of mortality; he concludes his first letter to them with a sweeping vision of Christ’s resurrection and our share in it. Along the same lines, John speaks to backsliding believers’ fear of mortality in Revelation; he paints of picture of Christ’s victory over death and heaven coming to earth in the end.

What’s your view of death and mortality deep down? Do you view it as failure or loss or separation? What do your day-to-day choices say about your view of mortality?

In Christ, mortal life, death, and resurrection are all parts of the same story of eternal renewal. Are we living our lives accordingly?

Image: Ross Stackhouse at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

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