Who Can Solve the Problem of Death?
On September 30th, a startling question appeared in large letters across the cover of Time magazine:
“Can Google Solve Death?”
Google has solved a lot of problems by producing a multitude of innovative tools we use all the time. You can’t help but be impressed by Google’s imagination, inventiveness, and capability. But solve death? That would truly be an amazing achievement.
Time explains what it actually means in the statement below the question, in smaller print: “The search giant is launching a venture to extend the human life span.”
Solving death and extending the human life span aren’t quite the same thing. With the increase of knowledge and technology, scientists have indeed made great strides in the fields of medicine and health that help us live longer. Certain diseases have actually been eradicated. But no one in the history of mankind has been able to “solve” the problem of death. It persists, touching the very core of our human existence.
This magazine cover struck us at Bibles for America because we just developed a new gospel tract titled “Freed from the Fear of Death,” addressing this relentless problem of death. We’d like to share the content of that new tract with you below, and hope that you in turn share it with others you know who are grappling with this problem of problems.
Freed from the Fear of Death
Most of us don’t like to think about death, let alone talk about it. It’s a frightening subject. But at one time or another we’ve all been touched by death, suffering the loss of a relative, friend, neighbor, or someone else in our lives.
Though we try to prolong life, no one can escape death. When death’s final summons comes to us, everyone—rich or poor, strong or weak, famous or unknown—must surrender.
Death is not only frightening in its inevitability and power but also in its mysteriousness. What happens when life as we know it ends? What awaits us in the great unknown beyond death? The Bible aptly says that all our life long, we’re held in slavery by the fear of death.
The source of death
Yet our loving Creator, the living God, did not intend for us to die. From the very beginning He wanted to share His eternal life with us.
Then where did death come from? Death is the consequence of sin injected into mankind by God’s enemy, Satan. When God created man He intended for him to receive His life. But before man could receive the life of God, the devil, Satan, deceived and poisoned him with his own sinful nature. As a result, our human spirit, created to contact God, became deadened; our human soul, especially our mind, became an enemy to God; and our human body, created by God as a pure vessel, became polluted with sin, doomed to physically die.
Physical death, however, is not the end. The Bible also tells us it is reserved for men to die once, and after this comes judgment. What will we be judged by God for? Most importantly, we will be judged based on whether or not we have believed in Jesus Christ, the One who died for our sins and overcame death to free us eternally from its power. If we do not believe in Him, we will face the second death, which is the lake of fire, perishing in eternal torment.
The One who solved death
Who is Jesus Christ? He is the very God who became a man of flesh and blood and lived a sinless life. He then died on the cross for us sinners. But three days after being crucified, He resurrected from the dead. He defeated the power of death! By dying for us, He solved the problem of our sins. By resurrecting from the dead, He broke the power of death over us.
Christ is living now and forever. In resurrection, He became the life-giving Spirit, who is now available to everyone. As the Spirit He can come into us with His victorious, death-conquering life. When we receive the resurrected Christ by believing in Him, He makes our spirit alive with His eternal life today and delivers us from the second, eternal, death in the future.
We can be free from the fear of death
Christ spoke these words of promise: “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes into Me, even if he should die, shall live.”
The Lord Jesus wants to free you from the fear of death and give you the hope of eternal life. Open your heart and pray this prayer:
“Lord Jesus, I believe You died for my sins on the cross. I believe You resurrected from the dead. Thank You for coming to give me eternal life. I receive You as my Savior and my life. Come into me, Lord! Amen.”
Share this good news about the One who conquered death to give us eternal life with people in your life!
Bibles for America offers a number of gospel tracts, which you can read and download for free from our Share the Gospel page.