Why is there death?

life and death imagery, bright sunlight and gloomy dark

One of the biggest questions we ask is where did life come from? And that leads to the question why is there death?

3 broad answers to consider where life came from which determines why there is death:

  1. God
    • Death is the consequence of sin rejecting God for self. So, without the source of life – then life ends.
  2. Unknown  –
    • Life is just whatever happens – happens.
  3. Evolution
    • Death is a process of progression and the future is controlled by past environments and present environment. There is no need for life after death because  death is the creator of life.

Biblical Perspective

Genesis 1 describes “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 2 details “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” He placed them in a garden and “In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”

When Adam and Eve took of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they disobeyed rejecting a relationship with God. They were also rejecting life. Continuing to Genesis 3  a curse is pronounced to Satan, Eve and then to Adam. Often a curse includes a reversal of Gods blessings, Deuteronomy 28 is a good example. Beginning with Adam God tells him, “for dust you are and to dust you will return.” The consequence here is that in the power of self we can do nothing but delay death.

If God started life from dust then there is reason to believe he can take us from death to life again.

God’s Redemption

God tells Satan mentioning Eve, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” Regardless of attaching this as a prophecy of Jesus or just saying snakes will now be a nuisance – this is a looking forward. The story of the Bible has a consistent looking to the future for restoration/salvation. The seed of Abraham will bless all nations, there will be a King in the line of David who will rule forever, finally, death will be thrown into the lake of fire, and then finally eternal life with God.

The book of Revelation concludes this future: “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life – water as clear as crystal – pouring out from the throne of God and of the Lamb, flowing down the middle of the city’s main street. On each side of the river is the tree of life producing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month of the year. Its leaves are for the healing of the nations. And there will no longer be any curse, and the throne of God and the Lamb will be in the city. His servants will worship him, and they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. Night will be no more, and they will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, because the Lord God will shine on them, and they will reign forever and ever.”Revelation‬ ‭22:1-5‬ ‭NET‬‬

How do we get back to life? 

How do we get back to God?

Simply since we had nothing to do with life beginning then we have nothing to do for life restored. Because the curse is now ours then God needed a substitutionary avenue. Jesus became a curse for us (Galations 3:13). It’s not just belief or faith itself, but the object of faith and what is true that must be there. Sin is the issue that separates us with God. 

Jesus explained this to the Pharisees very clearly, “I am going away, and you will look for met but will die in your sin. Where I am going you cannot come.” Praise God he took care of the sin, 2 Cor 5:21 “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” So, in contrast to his disciples He said, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, but you will follow later.” And to the woman at the well, “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die'”, John 11:25.

Death is not our creator. Life after death isn’t a given. From the perspective of the Bible,  we lost the battle for life a long time ago – and has been won back. Really, all we need to do is believe.

-only believe


A few other articles that have similar thoughts:

Desiring God: Jesus Came to Reverse the Curse 

Ligonear: Reversal of the Curse 

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