I had similar thoughts when I was in. A violent death is probably one of the deepest, most instinctual fears that people have though, a fear that apocalyptic religions have mined for paydirt, power and control for eons.
The Bible identifies the source of such fear. From The Message Bible:
Hebrews 2:14 -15 Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it's logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil's hold on death and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death.
16 -18 It's obvious, of course, that he didn't go to all this trouble for angels. It was for people like us, children of Abraham. That's why he had to enter into every detail of human life. Then, when he came before God as high priest to get rid of the people's sins, he would have already experienced it all himself—all the pain, all the testing—and would be able to help where help was needed.