If you fear death, then you are afraid of the unknown. Nobody has come back from death to tell us what waits for us on the other side, except Jesus. So the unknown scares us. Our imaginations create more nightmares than reality could ever conjure.
If you have no fear of death, then you either have a belief that you will be protected upon death or you have convinced yourself that you do not care. There are many variations of beliefs and they range from weak to strong. But saying that you do not care sometimes is just another way of attempting to ignore the issue.
For those who address the certainty of death, there does not appear to be any downside in following a faith that protects you from the unknown by substituting a known belief. This known will not be based on anything you can see or touch, but it will be based entirely on faith. There is no penalty for believing in something after death.
But there are two problems if you do not have a faith-based system to remove your fears. (1) You will be afraid of death because you will have no belief to counter the unknown of death. Even if the faith you choose to follow is incorrect, it does not matter. You still will be able to eliminate fear of death during your lifetime. (2) If you are still thinking after you die, your faith matters even more after death. Your fears will continue because you are still thinking. Only your faith can eradicate those fears. Remember those nightmares created by your imagination, mentioned earlier. Only your faith can calm your troubled thoughts.
I chose Christianity as my faith-based system. I know that some Christians believe that they have the only system that saves you, but I don’t take that extreme position. A fundamental and elitist position about faith is an extreme approach, and I believe in moderation even with my Christianity. I do not propose an exclusionary policy where my belief is the only belief that works.
The truth is that I don’t know if your faith will work or not. But since I don’t know, I can’t tell you not to believe in a faith other than Christianity. Your faith is probably better than no faith at all. But you should analyze your faith to determine if it removes your fear of death during your lifetime. Does it provide you something to believe in that is so powerful that it can turn chaos into peace? Does it soothe your conscience so that you do not carry your sins across the threshold of death? Does it offer a guide you can trust to show you the path through darkness?
I do believe that Christianity is the best approach for me, and I will stick with that approach even under extreme pressures to relent. Christianity is the only faith I know about that offers everything that is required to defeat the chaos of death. My belief in Jesus and God is on a solid foundation. It is important to note that a high percentage of Christians do not have the powerful belief in Jesus that is required to remove the fear of death during life and especially the fear after death.
The reason why Christianity works best for me is because it provides Jesus, a kind, moderate person, as an intermediary for God, who was very intimidating in the Old Testament. Jesus is human and is more approachable. I look forward to meeting Jesus upon the moment of my death. Since I truly believe in Jesus, I also believe that my sins are forgiven. He sacrificed Himself so that would happen. If I did not believe in forgiveness of sins, I would be regretting all the bad things that I had done during my life. And when I am still thinking after death, since I truly believe in Jesus, I will think of Jesus instead of the thousand other things that would lead to torment. Jesus saves me from tormenting myself by substituting Himself as a sacrifice for all my transgressions. Jesus also will be my trusted guide through the darkness of death. I know of no other religion or philosophy that does that.
There are many who profess to be Christians, but they do not truly believe that Jesus removes their sin debt in full and that Jesus is the intermediary to God with a human face and heart. Those who do not truly believe: (1) will live a life in fear of death and (2) if they are still thinking after death, will be tormented with fear in the afterlife. Even if they do not believe they will still be thinking after death, they will have had a better life because of Christianity. But if they are thinking after death, it is critical to have something to hold onto, otherwise fear of the unknown would drag them into a whirlpool of despair and torment.
Fear of death is important to remove during our lifetime, but it is much more dangerous to carry fear into death when we are still thinking without our senses to distract us. Fear will lead to self-torment without any hope of salvation. A strong belief system may save you from both of these fears. I believe that Christianity offers the strongest protection system against fear and I highly recommend it.
Like I said earlier, Jesus is the only one who has ever come back from the dead to tell us what will happen. So if you truly believe in your faith system, it may erase fear during life. But I honestly do not know what will happen with your faith system after death. All I know is that Jesus came back from the dead to show Paul, a hardened non-believer, the truth, the way, and the light. I believe in Jesus with all my heart and soul. I do not know exactly what will happen, but I do expect to feel the presence of Jesus after I die. I do know that your faith, whatever it is, has to be very powerful to survive the chaos that awaits you at death’s door. But I know nothing more than this: Jesus died and returned from the dead to tell us what He saw. That’s good enough for me.