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Can You Die Before Your Time?

 

 

Could you die before you are ďsupposed toĒ?Of course, some people in Scripture killed themselves, such as King Saul (I Samuel 31:3-4) in order to avoid capture by the Philistines in battle.But to examine this issue more generally, itís obvious that in Scripture people have a certain level of freedom of the will.As part of that reality, people can choose to die earlier than they could have, such as when they sin. Consider this warning in Scripture, issued by God through Moses just before Israel entered the promise land (Deut. 30:15-19):ďSee, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the Lord your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it.But if your heart turns away and you will not obey, but are drawn away and worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall surely perish.You shall not prolong your days in the land where you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess it.I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse.So choose life in order that you may life, you and your descendants.ĒHere God warns Israel that if they sin, they will die much earlier than if they obey Him.The built-in assumption is that God canít plead with people to choose life if they didnít have the freedom of choice to choose (an earlier) death as well.The spirit of the blessing and cursing chapters of Leviticus 27 and Deuteronomy 28 are similar:After having accepted the covenant with Jehovah, Israel will be blessed if they obey God, and punished if they donít.And the punishments plainly include death in this life.These sections of Scripture arenít about gaining eternal life and entering Godís spiritual kingdom after the resurrection.They are about what would happen and did happen to the people of Israel during their physical lives on earth.

 

Similarly, Christians can choose to die earlier than planned when they are martyred.Paradoxically, in light of the passages cited from the Old Testament above, here the cause of their earlier-than-planned deaths is because of their faith in God.Those who died in the faith (including in the Old Testament) that are mentioned in Hebrews 11:37 died before they would have had they disobeyed God.The deacon Stephen could have avoided being martyred in Acts 7:57-60 had he never had professed Jesus as His Messiah and Savior.

 

So itís clear from Scripture that Christians can choose to die before their time by either seriously sinning without repentance or by obeying God when they are martyred.

 

Eric Snow

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