Judges 13:22 And Manoah said to his wife, “We shall surely die, for we have seen God.”
Todays readings include three stories of people encountering God and having their lives radically changed: Manoah and his wife entertain an angel and become the parents of Sampson; Stephen becomes a Deacon and when faced with false charges is imbued with an angelic quality; and a Samaritan woman meets Jesus at the well and receives living water.
The Bible records several people meeting God, some even face to face. None of whom die physically, but all are changed so radically they can never be who they were. Modern conversion experiences have many similarities. Thus we affirm, “So, if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!”