“Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”
“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? …thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Cor. 15:55-57
Burning of Thomas Cranmer
Order of Contents
May One Desire Death? 1
May One Contribute Anything Toward his Death? 1
Angels Carry Souls of Saints to Heaven upon Death 1
Hodge, Charles – A Brief Account of the Last Hours of Albert B. Dod (1845) 13 pp. Albert Dod was a professor of mathematics, a presbyterian theologian, and a friend of many of the Princeton theologians. Here is a wiki article on him.
Miller, Samuel – The Guilt, Folly & Sources of Suicide: Two Discourses Buy (1805)
Berkhof, Louis – Physical Death 4 long paragraphs in Systematic Theology (1950)
Whether One May Desire Death?
Grove, Henry – An Inquiry in what Sense, and Upon what Grounds, Persons, who Naturally Dread Death, May Yet Desire Not to Live Always, being a Funeral Sermon occasioned by the Death of Mrs. Prudence Welman… (London, 1730) 49 pp.
Grove (1684–1738) was an English nonconformist, presbyterian minister, theologian and tutor.
Whether One May Contribute Anything Towards his Own Death?
Hall, Joseph – 2nd Decade, Case 10, ‘Whether & How Far a Man May Act Towards his Own Death?’ in Cases of Conscience Practically Resolved Containing a Decision of the Principal Cases of Conscience of Daily Concernment & Continual Use Amongst Men: Very Necessary for their Information & Direction in These Evil Times (London, 1654)
Hall was a godly, Anglican bishop; he gets the answer right.
That Angels Carrys the Souls of Saints to Heaven upon Death
Mather, Increase – ‘When Godly Men Die, Angels Carry their Souls to Another & a Better World’ on Lk. 16:22 in Several Sermons Wherein is Showed, I. That Jesus Christ is a Mighty Savior... (Boston, 1715), pp. 93-126
“I, even I, am He, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive”
“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.”
1 Thess. 4:14
[Peaceful ‘sleep’ is a euphemism for death for the believer in the N.T.]