The Word of God tells us that we have no power over death--death comes regardless what we try to do to stop it. Nevertheless, we also have our Creator's unfailing Word that what we believe about death definitely determines where we will spend eternity.
When God defines the word, "belief," in the context of "eternal life," it is found in the Greek word, (#4100) “pisteuō.” It means "trust," "dependence on," and "commitment to," which indicates that God expects Jesus Christ to have "preeminence" in the lives of those He has created.
On the other hand, man's definition of the word, "belief," today usually means "opinion" based on one's own imagination or the opinions, interpretations, and imaginations of others who have influenced his thinking. Again, this places man at the center of his own universe, thinking that he or anything or anyone he wants to call "god," (other than the real God) is god.
Hmmm. . .I do believe it is going to rain (i.e. in my opinion/I think it is going to rain).
While we are free to believe whatever we want, to define "belief" incorrectly, is to bring about eternally disastrous results. Therefore it is wise to face our mortality, consider what the Word of God says, and make the right choice now--while we still can.
as it were transparent glass.
and in his Father's and of the holy angels.
he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.
in the gates of the daughter of Zion:
[those who do not have a real relationship with Christ]