“Our fear of death is actually our fear of God. If we resolve one, we normally resolve the other. There is no hatred or violence in [a loving] God. History should make it rather clear that God cannot be violent, or punitive. Why would an act of violence be necessary to redeem the world?”
Fr Richard Rohr – “Immortal Diamond”
Where a definition of the moment of death is required, doctors and coroners usually turn to “brain death” or “biological death” to define a person as being dead; people are considered dead when the electrical activity in their brain ceases.
In some traditions, death is seen more as a process of transformation, as consciousness leaving the body to reside in a different dimension, outside of time. This is consistent with emerging scientific views on the relationship of time, matter and energy. (see E=MC2)
“We cannot hope to die peacefully if our lives have been full of violence, or if our minds have mostly been agitated by emotions like anger, attachment, or fear. So if we wish to die well, we must learn how to live well: Hoping for a peaceful death, we must cultivate peace in our mind, and in our way of life.
I hold the view that death is rather like changing one’s clothes when they are torn and old. It is not an end in itself.”
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