Do we have a choice when we die?

Question:      Do we have a choice concerning when we die?

Answer: Scripture, seems to indicate that one does have some input as to when he or she will die; Php.1:22, “…..if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.”   Paul wanted to die and be with the Lord, but he chose not to die at that particular time; Php.1:23-24, “…..having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better….. nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.”  Scripture suggests that a man can sometimes will himself to live or to die, depending on the circumstances.

Later, when Paul knew that his work here on earth was complete, he decided it was time to die; 2 Tim.4:6, “…..I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.”  When Paul decided he was ready to die, he then made preparation to die.

Ultimately, everyone will die at some point in time.  Sometimes people get a glimpse of what is on the other side of death.  When they discover a place where there is no more pain, no more sorrow, no more weeping, why would they want to remain here.  Sometimes people will be experiencing so much pain and suffering that they choose to die.  They realize that it is far better to enter into the spiritual world and be in the presence of the Lord; therefore they choose to leave this physical world and the only way to do that, is by dying.