It's late, I can't sleep so here is a short post about a topic I think about all too often.
A part of life is the inevitability of death. When we die do we still exist? One of the major themes in a person’s life is death, weather they realize it or not.
God warns Adam and Eve not to partake from the tree of knowledge or they will surely die. In response to this, Satan convinces our first parents that no they will not die, but they will have knowledge and will be like Gods. Adam and Eve did not die physically that day, but spiritually. They wanted to choose for themselves what was right and what was wrong.
Death plays a heavy role in many of Shakespeare’s plays, one example is in Hamlet. After the death of his father, the king, Hamlet becomes consumed with the idea of death and wondering if death is required to understand life. This becomes evident in the famous “To Be or not To Be” soliloquy.
If we are to contemplate "being" such as Hamlet we can come to a better understanding of our essence.
There is an old saying "from the moment you are born you start to die".
The most important day of our life is not our wedding day, or the day our children are born, no, the most important day of our lives will be the day we die. That is the day we will meet our maker and face judgement.
Our essence is not just our person, but also our soul. It is what defines us, but it is not our existence. For God, there is no distinction between His essence and existence. If essence and existence were the same thing we would be unable to conceive one without conceiving the other, but we are able to conceive essence by itself.