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The misconception between God and death can make someone hate God because they believe God “took” their loved one. Some become atheists because of death. But just like every other subject we mentioned this week, God is not responsible for death.

Yes, in the book of Job it says, “the Lord gives and the Lord takes away” but, Job was speaking under duress. God, not Job, said we have 120 years on the earth (Gen. 6:3) and we will be satisfied with long life (Psalm 91:16).”

People read the Old Testament/Covenant and see where God is “killing” people. Under the Old Covenant, death is part of the human experience because we brought it into the world ourselves (Rom 5:12). Also in the Old Covenant, the payment for sin was death (Rom 6:23). It wasn’t God killing people, it was a byproduct of sin.

Finally, people tend to forget that there’s another player in the game of life (Satan). In John 10:10 it says, Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Today, Satan can’t just take us out however, he can influence us to do foolish things that will ultimately destroy ourselves or put us in harm’s way.

In the New Covenant today, Jesus paid the price for all sin which means, sin can’t cause death (Gal 3:13-15). We have a blood-bought right to live a long satisfying life. Sickness, disease, and unfortunate events may try to take us out early, but when we place our faith in God’s promise of long life, we will have it.

Believe and receive long life.

James 1:15 Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.

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