Religion and secularism, by explaining death, give it a ‘status,’ a rationale, make it ‘normal.’ Only Christianity proclaims it to be abnormal and, therefore, truly horrible.

Only in Christ is the fullness of life revealed to us, and death, therefore, becomes ‘awful,’ the very fall from life, the enemy.

To accept death as “normal” and to see this world as something to be abolished and replaced by a better world, and to call this “religion” is the Fall of Man.

It is this world and not any other; it is this life and not some other life that were given to man to be a sacrament of the divine presence. It is when Life weeps at the grave of a friend, contemplating the horror of death, that the victory over death begins.
Alexander Schmemann