Culture of death


“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel
after that time,” declares the LORD.
“I will put my law in their minds
and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘Know the LORD,’
because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the LORD.
“For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.”
Jeremiah 31:33-34

It is unusual but not surprising that some feel strong affinity with death and enjoy everything having to do with it. If there is any incident in which someone is killed the media seek to make known every detail, true or speculative, of the facts. Many are afraid of death but many also feel a morbid attraction to it. Somehow this morbidity has infiltrated different cultures and has become highly visible in its manifestations. A couple of example we can see in the commercial and profitable practice of celebrating the date known as “Halloween” and the popular syncretistic celebration of the “Day of the Dead” in some Latin American countries, mainly in Mexico.

The Lord Jesus said that he is the way, the truth and the life. If our Lord is the author and giver of life, why some are determined to celebrate and dedicate much attention to what is the opposite of what he represents? I can understand that many take it as an excuse to celebrate and to escape their harsh realities but I can not agree with something that puts death on a pedestal. Death is the result of sin. How, then we will be partnering with something of which we have been washed? The Lord Jesus conquered death when by the power of God he rose from the grave and became the first one to return to life to never die. We are no longer under the power of death. We are sons of the living God and we have passed from death to life. Is this so hard to understand? To God alone be the glory!

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