Pastor Scott Stiegemeyer posts an excellent essay on God and death. The idea that death is not part of God's plan and that death isn't something to rejoice about is a foreign one to me. My years in non-denominational churches were filled with messages that death is part of God's plan and that we should rejoice and be happy that a departed one is with the Lord. To be taught, in the confessional Lutheran church, that God hates death and that it was never part of his original plan was a surprise to me. Of course, we can rejoice that a loved one has gone to be with the Lord, but we can also rightly hate death.
Pastor Steigemeyer writes:
When God created Adam and Eve in the Garden, it was not His purpose for them to die. Death is a result of our sinfulness (sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned - Romans 5). And that's why we hate it. Because it is un-natural. And I'd suggest that God hates death even more than we do. Read on...The Burr in the Burgh: Is Death a Natural Part of Life?