Is there life after death? (part 1)

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One of the most hottly debated topic within not only religious groups but society as whole is whether there is something for us after our lives on this world end. We often see stories in the news of people who claim to have briefly gone to heaven during near-death experiences, but was what they experienced real or just a figment of their imagination as their body began to shut down? In this first part I’ll outline both sides of the non-religious argument:

Non-religious For:

  • The supernatural is one of the reasons people believe in life after death.  Some people are very suppositious and believe in the After-life, and when you die, you can come back to life as a ghost and haunt people or finish certain tasks.  Many people claim to have seen ghosts. Some people believe you can talk to the dead at a séance. A few people believe Ouija boards create a spiritual gateway to another world where the dead can communicate. 

  • A few people have near death experiences where they have died and gone to heaven. Many claim they saw a bright flash and then saw and spoke with God. God then brought them back to life. Some may have out of body experiences where they are flying and sometimes can see their body lying down as they float up.

  • Thinking you can come back again gives many a nice feeling. It provides comfort and hope because you can have a chance at life and meet up with loved ones again.  It provides support for those have a general fear of dying and for those who want to live on.

  • After you die, you can still live on in the minds of others. Whenever someone thinks of you, it’s like you are alive inside them. As long as people keep remembering you, you can still be alive.

  • Science has proven energy can’t be created or destroyed, it can only be transferred. So when you die your energy has to go somewhere. When you are buried, you provide energy in the form of food for animals and nutrients for the soil. So you will become part of the earth again and give life to plants and animals.

  • An interesting reason why people decide to believe it is Pascal’s wager. It says why we might as well believe in God and life after death.  If you believe in God and you are wrong, when you die, it doesn’t make a difference, but if you were right, you will probably be able to go to heaven.  If you decide to not believe in it and are right, it doesn’t make a difference, but if you are wrong, you will spend eternity in hell. 

  • I think near death experiences are difficult to believe especially if you trust science, unless you have had one. When you die, your brain shuts down and the flash you see could be from all the reactions going on in your brain, and as your brain isn’t working properly, you remember it as God. 

Non-religious Against:

  • Many people choose not to believe in life after death. One reason is that they have no experience. If you haven’t seen or done something, you are probably not going to believe it. You can’t experience everything that exists, and only a few people have near death experiences, which make it hard to believe.

  • Some people just don’t want to believe it. They want death to be the end. You need dead people to be dead so you can move on, not thinking of them as a ghost or another person, especially if a relative has just had a baby. People are afraid of someone coming back to haunt them or be with them.  Some people don’t enjoy life and dread the thought o facing it again. If they are bad, they might not want to go to hell, or feel so guilty that they can’t face life and want it to end.

  • Many of your beliefs come from your parents. Even the most independent people share some beliefs with their parents.  It all depends on your upbringing. If your parents don’t believe in something, it’s likely you’ll agree. If you parents are Christian, you are probably Christian too. If you are a child, you may not trust what they say. But you may have found out people like the tooth fairy, Santa and the Easter Bunny don’t exist when your parents said they do. Would you trust what they told you as a child?

  • Some people are not religious and don’t believe in God, or heaven, or hell, or re-birth. They think death is death and that is that.

  • If you are Agnostic, you just don’t know. You are not sure what is right or wrong. You don’t know what you should or shouldn’t believe. You just choose to not totally believe in anything.

  • There isn’t really any definitive proof for and against. Science can’t prove there is definitely life after death, yet it can’t prove there isn’t. It is up to you to choose what you believe in because as far as we are aware, there isn’t a right or wrong answer to this question. Many choose not to believe for this reason.  

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One thought on “Is there life after death? (part 1)

  1. Science has demonstrated that our reality is merely the projection of a deeper reality. You could even say that we exist in a world of illusion, including the illusion of death. If that’s true, then you’re question is moot.

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