To some people God's statement that “the soul who sins will die,” as recorded by the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel, and the apostle Paul's statement that “the wages of sin is death,” as recorded in the New Testament, are just further examples of God's nasty side.
What a spoil sport! What a harsh tyrant God is!
If we look at these through the lens of love rather than the lens of punishment and vengeance we again see God's good side, God's love.
After Adam and Eve sinned, God banished them from the garden so they could not eat from the tree of life in their sinful condition. God did not want them to live forever in such a fractured relationship with Him. Instead they were to die, be removed from the garden, and eventually from the earth, until Jesus had come to earth and paid for their sin, and they could be restored to their original relationship with God.
Strange as it might seem, death is mankind's friend.
Those who lived BC left the earth at the end of their lifetimes and waited in hades for Jesus to deal with their sin at Calvary.
Those of us who live AD are headed in one of two directions on our death.
Those who belong to Christ immediately move to the New Jerusalem, “my Father's house”, as Jesus called it.
Those who do not belong to Christ go to hades as their AD predecessors did, until their resurrection to face judgement and rehabilitation at the end of the ages.
Either way God's love for His children will prevail and His children will be reconciled to Him in the end.
Death is the doorway into hades and ultimately to life or directly to life, depending on whether or not people belong to Christ in their time on this planet.
What do you think of this?