Because men fear death, they seek to abolish this fear in many futile ways. One sense in which Satan has the power of death (Heb 2:14) is that he exploits the universal fear of dying and prompts men to manufacture false solutions to this problem. This is a real sense in which sinners are slaves to the fear of death (Heb 2:15), i.e., they become slaves to a myriad of lies and false approaches to death. They create ways to think of the enemy as beautiful and friendly, or at least as a normal and harmless part of life. Like the residents of Jerusalem in Isaiah’s day, they try to convince themselves that these lies are a safe haven from death: “We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol we have made a pact. The overwhelming scourge will not reach us when it passes by, for we have made falsehood our refuge and we have concealed ourselves with deception’ ” (Isa 28:15).
Belief in reincarnation is popular in the Western world because here it is viewed as a way to nullify death. In some occult circles death is regarded as simply a welcome transition to a higher stage of existence. This is the main message of spiritism: there is no death; it’s nothing; it’s just a door you pass through. The widely reported “near-death” or “life-after-life” experiences are either caused by or exploited by demonic spirits to depict death as a gateway to glory for nearly everyone, whatever their concept of or relationship with God. Such experiences serve to “anesthetize the mind against the piercing reality of death as curse and judgment” (Albrecht and Alexander, 10).
God pronounces the following doom upon those who try to hide behind these falsehoods: “Then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies and the waters will overflow the secret place. Your covenant with death will be canceled, and your pact with Sheol will not stand; when the overwhelming scourge passes through, then you become its trampling place” (Isa 28:17–18).
In its basic nature death is nothing but a curse, an enemy, a foe. Even for Christians both the event of dying and the disembodied state of death are unnatural. But Christians do know one thing no one else does: though death is an enemy, it is a defeated enemy.
 Cottrell, J. (2002). The faith once for all : Bible doctrine for today (212–213). Joplin, Mo.: College Press Pub.
Published on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 5:31 AM CDT