Perhaps I am missing something, but why do Christians so often use the phrase “passed away…” of someone who dies? Are these Christians annihilationists? For example, on this Crossway Books page we find:
Recognized internationally for his work in Christianity and culture, Francis A. Schaeffer authored more than twenty books, which have been translated into a score of languages and sold millions worldwide. He and his wife, Edith, founded L’Abri Fellowship international study and discipleship centers. Schaeffer passed away in 1984, but his influence and legacy continue worldwide.
So did Schaeffer pass away, disappearing with the ether, until he was no more?
Or did he pass on in to the next life to be with the God he believed in?
Do words mean anything?