Death Benefits

Adam & Eve Expelled from Paradise

While death is described in the New Testament as the last enemy to be destroyed by God (1 Corinthians 15:26), some saints who emphasized the love and mercy of God saw death as not as a punishment for sin, but God’s own way of preventing evil from continuing forever.  Death stops a human from continuing to sin and gives each human a chance to repent and return to God.

Writing about St. Isaac the Syrian, Bishop Hilarion Alfayev says:

“… Isaac considered death a blessing in that it intrinsically contains the potential of future resurrection; and the exile from paradise as beneficial, since instead of receiving a ‘small portion of the earth’, humankind was given all of creation as its possession. This approach to the biblical text is based on the exegetical tradition of Theodore of Mopsuestia, according to whom death was profitable for human beings because it opened to them a way to repentance and restoration.”   (Hilarion Alfeyev, The Spiritual World of St. Isaac the Syrian, pgs. 285-286)