Since the risen Christ ascended into heaven after meeting with many people after his resurrection, many lives have been claimed in the name of the Christian faith. In fact, those who were the closest witnesses to the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, save the Apostle John, were all martyred for their faith in His teachings and resurrection. If the stood for something that was a fraud, surely most -if not all, of them would have recanted.
The Christian faith has value in the hope we find through salvation: hope in the transformational work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Christians, hope for a future in intimate fellowship with God and a hope in the return of Christ to the Earth.
A Christian has no reason to fear death. It is not a loss of life, but a gain of eternal life. It is a journey from pain and sorrow to perfection and health. When we choose to follow God over the rules of sinful men, we choose to follow the One who holds our spiritual existence in His control versus men who can only harm our bodies. Jesus Christ offers true freedom and hope. In Him we have the promises of God that will not fade, moth and rust will not corrupt. In men we only find broken promises and failure after failure; in Christ we find the One who cannot fail. In men we find no faithfulness; in Christ we find what Peter spoke about when he wrote, “Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.” (I Peter 4.19 ESV)