An article in The Economist from March 21-27 reports that religious people are more afraid of death than their non-religious counterparts.
HOW do a person’s religious beliefs influence his attitude to terminal illness? The answer is surprising. You might expect the religious to accept death as God’s will and, while not hurrying towards it, not to seek to prolong their lives using heroic and often traumatic medical procedures. Atheists, by contrast, have nothing to look forward to after death, so they might be expected to cling to life.
In fact, it is the other way round—at least according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association by Andrea Phelps and her colleagues at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
On this Tuesday of Holy Week , let us consider that we are fast approaching observance of the day that Jesus
… being found in human form,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.
If our faith, our following of Jesus, our membership in the Body of Christ does not move us toward fearlessness of death, then of what value is it?