You have heard many times that it is the unknown that we fear most. I would submit that this may be true for tomorrow, but for our life it is the fear of the known. J. Cottrell’s following quote explains it best. For the unbeliever it is “More likely, though, the fear of the known, since general revelation makes every person aware of the existence of God as Creator and Lawgiver (Rom. 1:18–32; Rom. 2:14–15).
As sinners we all know we are worthy of death (Rom 1:32), and in our hearts we know that Heb. 9:27 is true: “It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.” This is why death is terrible; we do not fear the moment of death so much as what we know follows it. Death is the threshold to the courtroom of the righteous Judge, the one “to whom we must give account” (Heb. 4:13). “The sting of death is sin” (1 Cor. 15:56), and thus for sinners “it is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Heb. 10:31).
 Cottrell, J. (2002). The faith once for all : Bible doctrine for today (210–211). Joplin, Mo.: College Press Pub.
Published on Monday, July 21, 2014 @ 4:15 AM CDT