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Free Us from the Fear of Death - by Michael Phillips
The Passion of Jesus Christ - Part 40 of 51
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Hebrews 2:14-15
Jul 13, 2005 pm - Compared to most people in most times and places, our lives are fairly safe. Not long ago, forty was old and sixty was ancient; but today, people between forty and sixty are 'middle-aged'. While the flu and measles used to kill people by the thousands, now they keep us in bed a week or ten days, and then we're fine. We have our share of crime, of course, but Fremont is one of the safest cities in America. As for war-only the dead of seen the end of that-but the nuclear threat that hung over us like a black cloud for nearly fifty years, has, mostly, cleared up. Our lives are fairly safe. Yet our fear of death is worse than ever. You can see it in the hysterical campaigns for seatbelts or against smoking; you can see it polls that show people willing to give up their freedom in the vain hope of stopping terrorism. And, of course, bring up death at a party and you won't be invited back! People can ignore it, call it by other names, make jokes about it, and discuss it for hours as an abstract thing. But when it becomes concrete-when it's not the thing we call death, but my death, your death, the death of someone you love or need or can't live without, then we get nervous. Because ... More >>>

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