Death for the believer is to be with Christ

Scripture references

Philippians 1:21–23 (ASV)

21For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22But if to live in the flesh,—if this shall bring fruit from my work, then what I shall choose I know not. 23But I am in a strait betwixt the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ; for it is very far better:

1 Thessalonians 4:13 (ASV)

13But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them that fall asleep; that ye sorrow not, even as the rest, who have no hope.


At the point of death, world renowned Chemist Michael Faraday, had no doubts as to his fate. "I am resting on certainties" was his emphatic reply to a question as to his speculation at the point of death.
With a gun to his head and a promise to shoot after a count of five, Harlan still was unfazed and in fact urged his persecutor, Elias, to shoot. For he had a hope, far more powerful than death and was certain that death was only a bridge to eternity with Christ.