For the Christian, the fear of death is changed from a trembling in the face of an unavoidable doom to a trembling over the possibility of not being in loving-unitive relation with the one who does not die. All things considered, I prefer the Christian trembling. No one may choose not to be annihilated by the unavoidable doom of death. We may certainly choose whether to love Jesus or not. Christianity, then, moves the fear of death into the sphere of freedom, which is only a fancy way of saying that Christianity gives us the possibility of doing something about death. We may choose to live.
The Possibility of Doing Something About Death