How We Die

This interactive graphic is fascinating to me – How Americans Die.  Click on this link and then scroll through the interactive graphic. Here area  couple of observations.

  • Everyone dies and although age is the most common factor, by no means is it the only factor. Consider then the brevity of life.
  • The mortality rate has dropped, but leveled off in the past 20 years. No matter how hard we try, we cannot stop death.
  • Women’s mortality rate rose since 1968, men’s mortality rate has dropped significantly. Why is this? Any ideas?
  • The graphic on AIDS was fascinating. All disease is a result of depravities curse, but God is long suffering even when the disease is brought upon the human race through sinfulness. (Not saying everyone with AIDS has more sin).
  • It is interesting that our nation seems to have a bent on legalizing various drugs, but drug use has risen to be a chief killer, while the common killers, cancer/heart disease, have been steadily declining.
  • Suicide is a big problem with middle aged men and is the number one cause of violent death among all ages. What is with that? .
  • Firearm death (accidental or intentional) is lower than automobile accidents, drugs, and suicide, but the media and government seem to be emphasizing the opposite.
  • As society trends toward longer living, new causes of death always rise. Maybe this is because we are not the master of our destiny as much as we like to think. Maybe we have less control that we imagine.
  • Hebrews 9:27 is still true. “It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.”
  • But the Easter story is still true, Jesus Christ, the Son of God has defeated death, eternal life is God’s desire for us, this is life that we know the one true God and his Son Jesus (John 17:3)

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