Saturday, May 14, 2011

No Fear of Death for the Christian

"But monstrous it is that many who boast themselves Christians are gripped by … a fear of death, rather than a desire for it …  For if we deem this unstable, defective, corruptible, fleeting, wasting, rotting tabernacle of our body to be so dissolved that it is soon renewed unto a firm, perfect, incorruptible, and finally, heavenly glory, will not faith compel us ardently to seek what nature dreads?  If we should think that through death we are recalled from exile to dwell in the fatherland, in the heavenly fatherland, would we get no comfort from this fact?" 

--John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion 3.9.5

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