A Formal Definition Of Death Essay

1096 Words Sep 17th, 2016 5 Pages
I have never thought about a formal definition of death before this assignment. The thought of death elicits, in me, a mental depiction of a cold, lifeless corpse, without a heartbeat. It wasn’t until I really dug into my past that I realized I have been given different definitions of the word death. Being raised in a Christian home I was taught two different definitions of death, physical and spiritual. And upon my arrival in college my view on death began to shift to a more biological definition. Defining death is an important key to understanding how I view personhood.
Every Sunday morning my family and I would dress in the best clothes we had and would attend church. As I sat in the pew I remember the pastor explaining the two types of death. He went on to explain that physical death was not the ceasing of one to exist, but rather the separation of the body and soul. To comprehend this concept, you must understand what happens to the Christian believer at death. Once your heart beat ceases to beat and all brain activity is gone your soul will leave your earthly body and wait in paradise, “then the dust [out of which God made man’s body] will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12: 7, Amplified Version). Your soul will stay in paradise with the Lord until the second coming (Revelation 6:11; Philippians 1:23; 2 Corinthians 5:8). The second coming is when Jesus gathers all the believers from earth and the people in…

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