Romans 12:2 NASV
12. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
The Day of the Dead is a particularly interesting subject for many. Some Believers find it confusing and with great reason; as it is a holiday celebrated by the Catholic religion. Let us evaluate what God has in mind over these types of rituals and how He has given us instruction on why we should not mourn the ones who fall asleep in this earthly realm.
The Day of the Dead is summarized but the following statements…
The Holiday is Observed by Mexico, and regions with large Mexican populations Type Cultural Catholic (with possible syncretic elements)
They use it as a significance in Prayer and remembrance of friends and family members who have died.
They celebrate this Holiday by the creating altars to remember the dead. They place a picture of the loved one one a table, and then place traditional dishes, the dead’s favorite foods, candles, and gifts to praise and honor the people who have passed away.
The Holiday Begins November 1, Ends November 2. It a full day of and commemorative act.
As Christians, we know that we will be raised from the dead into our Spiritual Bodies when Christ comes home. And this is what we spend our entire christian lives celebrating! The Eternal Life that we have been given as a New Creature by Believing that Christ’s death represents our death from sinful nature and our rebirth into the Spirit!
Now, when we come into Salvation, do we build an alter for our previous selves and celebrate their lives with praise, honor and gifts? That seems preposterous. Or, in fact, do we to see our old selves as impure, rotten and of no Heavenly good. To build an alter to celebrate the sin which God has cast from us and then to cause the Spirit within us to wait while we mourn flesh would seem to be an unforgiving abomination. Our Lord gave freely by Grace Life which seperated us from the Natural Flesh which dies and put within us Eternal Life in the Spirit. So why then do we celebrate the dead?
In 1 Corinthians we learn from Paul that as Believers we need to look upon ourselves in this way even now while we live in our natural body. He remarks that our bodies we come into this life with are sown of the natural body, but raised in a Spiritual Body upon our Salvation. That even now as Believers we are separated from the Natural and Given a Spiritual Presence. And that furthermore, all the dead of the world will also be raised in a Spiritual Body upon the blow of the trumpet in the last day.
1 Corinthians 15:51 NASV
- Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed,
If we read above this verse thru verse forty-four we see that if the Body comes in a Natural State, there is also a Spiritual Body that comes with it.
1 Corinthians 15 NASV
- it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
So, what is it that we are “mourning” when one falls asleep here on Earth? We are mourning our loss. We are saddened that we will no longer have their natural bodies with us in the natural world. But is this more of a selfish act than a mourning for them. We will miss them no doubt, but if one leaves his natural state to be with the Lord, why would we be sad for them? And God did promise to give us comfort in our grieving for our loss. But the way we mourn was not the intended ways of God. This life in Flesh is of the Former things, not of the Spiritual Things.
Revelation 21:4 NASV
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
So then how should we mourn truly? The ones we ought to mourn for are those who die in natural bodies without having been Spiritually Resurrected by the Belief in Christ’s Death for our sin! For if they fall asleep before this rebirth comes to pass, then what destiny does their Spiritual Body have? They will be awakened in Spiritual Sin which then cannot be joined with God in Everlasting Spirituality without Belief in the New Covenant Christ gave us which promises Eternal Life in the Spirit.
So we find that our true calling has been established wherein we are here to Spread the Good News and become stewards of the Truth! We are to give Life to this world by sharing the Gospel! We are not to mourn the ones who fall asleep like the world mourns, for we know in Truth they will live on. And we do not celebrate their Natural Lives in sin if they were unsaved for it is not the one they will be carrying forward! When one falls asleep, he carries with him the Spirituality of his life.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 NASV
- But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.
So indeed there should be celebration of Life or no regards to the things that have passed away. For by celebration we honor his life with Christ and know he walks with God for eternity. But without Salvation and the Gift of Life in the Spirit, he walks without. For even in mourning we are either praising the Spirit of God or death which is the TOKOGAE, which is the Nature of Flesh. And that which is Nature of Flesh has been called to fall away from God and is cursed to never be fastened to Truth.
Believers! Christians! Spend your days on earth teaching your fellow citizens about the beautiful Freedom from Death we have in Christ! Share the Good News! Share the Gospel! Be Disciples of the One True God which has freed us from Sin and Fastened us to Himself in Spirit. Live in this Truth and we will have everlasting Joy, Hope and Rejoicing.