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Life after death for me is quite a scary concept as I am torn between the beliefs that we are reborn as someone else, we become spirits or that we just simply become nothing.
The idea of being reborn comes from the belief and feeling that people feel a sense of deja vu in situations and when meeting people that in actual fact they've never encountered before, or not in that lifetime anyway. Many times I have come across situations whereby I have thought "have I been here before?", but maybe that's just my mind playing tricks on me?
The idea about becoming a spirit in a way is quite reassuring for me, as if I was to become a spirit, then I could watch over my loved ones and see how they are getting on with their lives. I am also a big believer that if there is such a thing as spirits, then my lost loved ones are probably watching over me, being proud at times of achievement and sad at times of misery.
The idea about becoming nothing is one that has haunted me all my life. What if I never achieve any of the things that I want to achieve before I become just nothing? What if I never see my kids grow up (if/when I have kids). The thought of dying terrifies me.
I guess we'll never know what happens after death until we encounter it, but even then we'll probably be oblivious.
This is a complicated question for anyone to answer because nobody exactly knows what happens after people die, but I believe that you will only find out when it happens to you.
This question has been asked by many people for years, centuries, decades, eras and generations, but no one has a true, real answer or explanation. Some say that there is a little explanation in the Bible, but how do we know if this little explanation is true?
Many people believe that you go to heaven if you are good or go to hell if you are bad. Others think that the 'soul' carries on after you die, but in some religions they believe that you may come back alive but as a different person if you were good, but something like an insect or animal if you were bad.
But After giving my points of what people think of after life I will now continue to express my point of view of life after death. From what I have been told or learned from other people and what I had been taught at school, I think that your life continues even when you are in Heaven, as something named your 'soul' carries on, as this what has made you who you are, and there have been several stories of people seeing ghosts - this could be a proof of evidence of after life.
This is all I can say on this review, if I had more information I would include it, but I'm writing a review which has no answer, but I don't think that anyone or anybody will have an extact answer, but it will answer the question when your times comes...time will only tell.
LAfter life, After death, After all, is this it?
This is a big question, and like all big questions, leads to much thought and often some soul searching, and prompts debate, like a good question should. This question is one that for now, we can't have a definitive answer for, what we can have however is opinion, and this is what is what I will express in my writing.
I never used to think about life, or what happens when this life comes to an end, that is until I met a very profound University Lecturer called Dave who, like a good teacher got me thinking, and with the help of some friends, some beers and a campfire I really delved into what I thought.
What I found when I delved was an array of different ideas, I found myself questioning all that I believed trying to sift though all my thoughts and find what it is a truly believed, in the end, I found that I didn't believe in an after -life, nor did I entirely dismiss that one could exist, the logical part of me wanted to, but just like with superstitions, a little part of me couldn't help but say, there might just be...
I am a man of science and logic, I need evidence, and it is for these reasons, predominantly the last reason, that I am not a follower of any religion and belief as such. I do not however disregard the views, beliefs and faiths of others, I merely choose not to adopt them, I do, of course have questions and hold my reservations about religion, but I find that questioning a person's faith is a bad road to go down, and on the whole unfair, and so what I write in the following passages is not meant to offend or turn people from their beliefs in what lies after life.
For me, religion, superstition, ethereal beliefs, such as those regarding life after death and primitive magic are all very much interlinked. I recently read a book on a tribe based in South America, The book being 'Getting to know Wai wai' written by Alan Tormaid Campbell, this book coupled with the ideas and thoughts of Dave and my friends, many who were well travelled and older, got me thinking about primitive magic and how it might be a simplified version of religion. Magic for many primitive cultures is a mainstay of their society, much as religion can be in our society, there are many similarities between the two, such as the need for deities, ritual and what is termed theatre by one sociologist, theatre referring to the daily practices of cultures be it religious or magical/spiritual, such as morning prayer or refraining the hunting of a particular animal because of the beliefs surrounding it.
It may sound as though I'm diverging from the subject but, it is linked, a belief in the after-life is expressed in both religious and magical/spiritual societies, admittedly often through different mediums, for example, the Christians believe that the after-life is heaven, where you spend eternity in the embrace of god, whereas in the cases of magical/spiritual societies the after-life is often expressed through the belief in reincarnation, the idea that the soul is reborn as another person, or animal and in some beliefs any living thing. This belief is also common among many people in the west.
Western society tends to be very ethnocentric and dismissive of the views of those deemed primitive, and the west is predominantly a religious society, and when compared are the beliefs so different? I think not, and though I don't believe either or any views on the after -life I do find it interesting looking into other beliefs, and I think were I a person of faith, I could believe in an after-life.
These ideas I have were no doubt influenced by the people in my life, and I have no doubt that as I live my life more people will give me ideas, but I will leave the serious questions in life for when I have the time for them, however for now, I am content with knowing that I have this one, amazing, life, and I aim to live it to the fullest.
I am safe in the knowledge that it will be the longest thing I ever do.
I am almost positive there is no life after death. Of course, you can never be 100 percent positive, as i'm not even 100% sure i was born a male, i just hope so....
People forget a lot of the time that life after death is a very new idea. About 10,000 years ago, humans were just left after death by their relatives to rot into the ground on the spot they died at, which you could argue is pretty much proof that thye just saw it as a perfectly normal occurance, accepted it, and moved on. It was only very recently, that people were buried, or left with various treasures to take with them.
In my opinion, it should not even be a question of is there life after death, but more of why did humanity have to start acting as if there was? Maybe closer relationships over time made us feel too connected to those around us to let go so coldly? Maybe it made us grasp onto a hope that there was more?
I definately feel that in modern day society one of the reasons behind religious belief is to give people hope, as accepting our life for what it no doubt is could be a little depressing?
My main feeling is why should there be? When we die our entire self rots into the ground and the energy is passed on to various other life, so why do people believe that there is some soul which lives on for all eternity? to be it just seems very strange.
I am fully aware that some people may find this controversial to say, and i hope i haven't caused any offence, but more a good discussion point to base thoughts on.
My views on life after death are quite simple really. Many people fear that being dead means becoming nothing. I believe that everything comes from nothing. Therefore life and death to me is an ongoing circle.
If you look around us, over everything else, one thing stands out to me. That's balance. When there is night, there will be day, when there is summer there will be winter, where there are men, there are females. All of that is based on cycles and it is natural, you don't have to be a scientist to work that out. If seeing is believing then we see natures rule every single day.
As that's my belief, then naturally i believe that you will live again...and again...and again. You just don't have any knowledge of it.
I believe people don't fear death as much as the actual act of dying. Will it be painful? When might that happen? What will happen to me afterward?
I don't fear death, or dying. I did for a long long time. Especially after losing my brother when he was 24 years old. It brought it home to me that you don't actually have to be old to die. I was 18 at the time. I went through about 2 years of acute anxiety, death anxiety you could say.
To tackle it, I decided, like any other phobia, that I had to face it head on. I couldnt obviously do a 'flat liner' so instead I made myself really think about what death meant. Over and over again. Sometimes I would end up completely petrified, other times I would be more laid back. In time I began to stop fearing the thought quite as much, and began to think more logically about it. Now its not exactly a happy thought, but it certainly doesn't distress me as much as it once did.
Every person needs to find their own peace with death. There is no getting away from it, and no point spending a life time worried about what comes after. Think about it, then forget it.
This I feel may be a delicate subject for some people to discuss as its such a grey area.
I am going to write this from my own experiences and hopefully it will shed some light on a few issues.
My granny who is now officially dead, had what I call an out of body experience.
She had taken a massive heart attack and was dead as there was no pulse output.
She remembered it very clearly when describing her experience to us, which is as follows-
My granny had been taken to resus where doctors worked very hard on her to get her heart to restart.
They done heart massage, bagged her for oxygen. When this didn't work it was time to start shocking the heart.
By this stage my granny was already as she described floating above everything as it went on. She watched as the doctors worked to save her life in every way possible.
On the third attempt of shocking the heart, it finally restarted.
My granny said at this point, everything began to become hazy and distant, which is when she thinks she must have returned to her body.
Regarding ghost/spirit sightings, I seem very prone to this happening a few weeks after someone has died or a family member is distressed to pass on a message.
Again these are my experiences-
When my youngest daughter was born, I woke during the night to find my other gran standing over the cot looking at her.
She was as fit as a fiddle.
My gran had a leg amputated and the foot off the other leg, but on this occasion she was in full body and looked so happy.
My gran just stood at the cot looking at my baby, not saying a word, then smiled and left.
Only a matter of 4 years ago did my father-in-law die suddenly in hospital.
My mother-in-law was finding his death and still is finding it, very hard to deal with.
I was having a nap on the sofa when I was woke by a cold breeze.
There were no doors or windows open so no reason for the draft.
I looked up making sure I was fully awake and my father-in-law stood in front of me.
He just looked at me, then said, Jacqueline, please tell Joan that I'm fine and I'm happy, and she must get on with things.
I knew telling anyone this would sound crazy, but I felt I had too tell her, so I did.
I think shortly after this she did start getting herself sorted out and beginning to get on with life.
I don't know why this happens to me as I don't have any beliefs or non- beliefs for that matter. I feel everyone is entitled to their own opinion on everything in life.
Well, I hope this has helped in understanding the living as well as the dead.
I am not realy sure what i should and shouldnt say here but as it is a general discussion i will be honest and apologise in advance if i offend any one.
Death isnt something that frightens me, weather it be tomorrow or 80 years down the line i am not scared by the prospect of it, the only certainty in our lives from the day we are born is the fact that we will eventually die some day and i just hope that my death is quick and pain free when ever it comes.
I am not a believer in god and have no religious back ground so dont realy believe that when we die we go to heaven or hell, good job realy as i must have sold my sole to the devill a long time ago. I have lost a few people in my life and never thought any more of it, when my nan died we had her cremated and her ashes put in a plot, my family think i am cruel as i never take flowers but to me there is no point, i have no regrets i was there for her when she was alive and saw her dying days through with her, i dont believe she went on to heaven and is looking over me so she will never know that the flowers are there, When a friend of mines baby died at just 8 weeks old the thought of him just being buried into the ground and that being it was the worst thought ever for me and got me thinking, i hope there is something after death as i would hate to feel that he only had 8 short weeks on this earth, the vicar at the church said he was guaranteed his place in heaven but if i dont believe in haven then where has he gone?.
This got me to thinking about reincarnation, i like the thought of that as for many life is too short, the thought of being born again appeals to me a lot although with the way this world is deteriating i am not sure that i want to come back as a human being.
After saying all of that the thing that confuses me the most is ghosts, i have experienced this my self but dont fully understand it, if there is a heaven, if we are reincarnated then why do we have spirits still roaming around?
This is a subject that confuses me a lot and no one can actually answer as by the time we know the answers we will be gone but what ever my faite it will happen one day.
Death scares me. I hate the thought of dying and don't know what to think about it. I would like to think that there is life after death and be given the chance to exist again. I think that the subject of life and death is confusing. Im scared of dying and leaving my family but am also interested what awaits people after they die. I think that Death is feared among a lot of people. The thing im scared about most is that if i die and we are able to be with people in spirit that i don't want to see people upset and crying that im not there. I think that by being given the chance at life by god is amazing and special, but i also think that if we only have the one chance at living then why can't we just be happy all out lives, and not go through heartbreak etc. Im not sure what to think on the subject of this but sure hope that we can all be happy after death.
I saw this title and felt the urge to write and really I'm posing a question to others aswell. Does the thought of life after death not completely terrify you? It honestly does me. When asked what you're afraid of you tend to say spiders, snakes or but how about eternal darkness?
I'm not religious, I've was never brought up to believe in any particular religion, but I do believe there is a God out there somewhere. The bad things that we read about in the news cause me to doubt this, more and more frequently recently, but I believe there is something and that everything is happening for a reason. There are so many different views, when reading about this topic but no concrete answer, which is what human nature tends to want. Do we come back as an animal? Do we go to heaven or hell? Or is there nothing more for us after?
I think most about this, and it may seem strange, when I'm jet-lagged after going on holiday and can't sleep. It is one of those things that when thinking about you try and force it out of your mind and it won't stop. It gives you such shivers down your spine.
I hope and pray that there is something out there afterwards. The thought of not living or breathing anymore is the most petrifying thought. Not having the capacity to live and love. Just not being here. Thinking about this has made me think that we just need to make the absolute most of every single day and not waste a second! Just my opinion. x
The first mistake that people make when talking about life after death, God, and spirits etc, is that in their head they tend to make an automatic link with religion.
Well, life after death can't be real, because christianity is clearly a pile of garbage.
I would agree. Religion is garbage.
The two, life after death, and religion, are different things. One is a belief in something, and the other is a form of social control designed to scare people into behaving themselves.
More and more people today than ever before would describe themselves as spiritual. They believe in God, Angels, spirits, ghosts, the power of the human mind and power of thought and healing, and the after life, but a lack of a belief in rules set by this egotistical, childish bearded little man.
An atheist friend of mine got extremely angry about me refusing to deny the existence of God, and ghosts etc. I was at a place in my life where I neither believed, nor disbelieved. Noone can know for certain, that is rational thought. Noone can know.
He started raving at me. 'Don't be so damn STUPID! if someone claimed to see a big purple dragon floating around in space would you believe them!!!'
To which I replied 'Mate, If billions of people throughout history had all claimed that they'd seen this big purple dragon, I would entertain the idea that maybe it's a possibility that they might have done.'
I do believe in the after-life. Partly because I know people who have died, and come back (to life again...I mean), partly because my mother has recently developed her abilitys as a medium, plus a few other reasons that I will keep to myself.
Many people who don't believe in life after death, may find themselves believing in the power of positive thinking, and yet the reality of both of these is based in exactly the same thing.
That being that everything is energy.
Every single thing is energy.
Physicists are now beginning to discover this. The only thing that seperates it, the only reason you can tell the difference between your body and your TV is because of the different way and speed of which the energy is vibrating. Hence the attitude of 'we are all one'. This is not metaphorical, this is literal.
If everthing is energy, you, your thoughts (some beleive your thoughts are the most powerful form of energy, hence movements like 'The Secret' and 'The law of attraction')
The thing about energy is that it cannot be destroyed. It can change form, but can't be destroyed.
Many people don't believe in the afterlife because 'It goes against science', although, what they mean when they say that is that 'science hasn't discovered it yet.
Well, to be fair, humans have been around a hell of a long time, and we've only recently got the internet. So, to be fair, I think the secrets of life and the universe may take us a little longer....
I read an interesting phrase the other day 'Physicists are todays mystics'
They are starting to learn things about the nature of things that some spiritualists have been saying for many many years. 'We are all one' as an example.
Life after death does not mean necessarily that a 'you' with exactly the same conciousness is going to float up into the air, with your face, wearing you clothes, and still liking and believing in the same things as you, and you're going to spend eternity sat on a cloud, playing the harp and eating philidelphia on bagels.
Think outside of human and earthly possibilities.
There's endless possibilities and worlds out there.
I was brought up in a Christian household and went to Church of England Schools and it is this that I have to thank (or blame) for my firm views on the afterlife.
I don't come from a religious point of view when I say that I do believe there is another place where we all go after death. My opinion, if I am honest is the result of years of brainwashing. I have no proof that there is life out after death but it is somehow an ingrained belief that I cannot shake off.
There have been many times when I have questioned this belief but I always end up ignoring the questions and retaining the belief.
I studied comparative religion at degree level and came to the conclusion that most, if not all religions, have a belief in some sort of afterlife.
A look at the psychology of this shows that people need something to hold onto during difficult times and the leaders of the different religions, who were the only educated people, historically speaking, made use of this. They controlled the general population by promising reward, or punishment in the next life.
The ancient Chinese believed that debts could be paid in the next life if they weren't cleared in this one. Roman Catholics were threatened with burning in hell if they broke any of the ten commandments and Hindus believe that if you do bad things you will be relegated to a lower world after death and suffer the consequences.
The whole thing, no matter what religion we talk about seems to be based on the idea of controlling people in this life by threatening them with unspeakable punishments in the next, if they don't comply with the rules.
I know this, I've studied it in detail and yet I have been so successfully brainwashed that I still believe in life after death and the concepts of reward or punishment during that afterlife.
The truth is that none of us know if there is life after death because none of us have been there but many of us prefer to take out a form of insurance and behave ourselves just in case.
Life after death is such a hard topic to discuss, you have to be careful of what you say as to not disrespect people's religious beliefs, or prove people wrong, or upset anyone. However, it's a topic that can't be avoided and everyone is entitled to have their own opinion. After all, nobody can ever know until it happens, and then it's impossible to pass on that vital information.
Some people try to prove life after death wrong by saying that once the brain's dead, life is over and if the brain controls everything and that dies then surely there's nothing left of that person? But yet many people still believe in this 'myth' that life after death exists. I know that it goes against a lot of scientific evidence that proves it wrong, but there's just that little something inside many of us that makes us hold onto that hope that there is something more.
There are many reasons why we end up believing this, for many people it's due to their religious beliefs, or what they have been taught or brought up to believe. For others of us it's because we fear life being over, we don't like the thought of relatives actually being completely gone, we like to believe that they are looking down on us and can see what nice people we are, especially if they didn't see that side of us when they were around. For many of us we are just plain stubborn and don't want to have the thought that one day we will just be laying in a hole in the floor rotting away and we find it impossible to imagine our 'soul' not being there and laying in a hole without any thoughts or feelings inside of you.
I am in fact one of these people who goes against the scientific proof. I know that there isn't anywhere for us to go to otherwise it's likely to have been found. I know that with so many billions of people who have died since man was first around it's surely not possible for everyone to continue living or to all fit in one place. And how can this 'heaven' or wherever it is we go, be a nice place, how many murderers and physcos and even dinosaurs (!! well surely they must have had souls too?) must there be there? It's not possible to decide if someone belongs in heaven or hell, after all, in every evil person love can still be found, and in every lovely person there is always still some evil or bad doing.
But I think that my reason for believing is because I'm scared. I find it very hard to imagine I will suddenly stop thinking, there's more to me than my body. If how we act is nothing to do with something deeper then merely our genes, then surely with all the billions of people, I don't know the odds, but there's got to be someone with the exact same thoughts, actions and opinions as you. And if it was down to genes, then wouldn't identical twins have the same thoughts, as they have identical genes, but yet identical twins can have such different personalities, views and thoughts.
I mainly want to believe though because I want my grandparents to know what I'm like.
When I tell them things in my head, I want to believe they are listening.
When I reach major milestones in my life, I want to believe they are watching.
When I work hard and achieve great things, I want to believe they are proud.
When I do the little things to help people out without them knowing, I want to believe they are smiling.
And while I've been writing this I want to believe they've been reading it too and agreeing with what I'm saying.
Not really concerned who will take the time to read this review, but I may be just writing this for myself.
How can anyone really know what may happen after our death?
We all have the right to have our own opinions, and I respect all those who take the time to brain storm such a topic as this. My personal belief is that after we die our energy may be
transcended into another form. Now whether that form may be a plant, fungi, mammal, reptile, insect or even bacteria it is all out of our hands. "Energy can not simply just cease to exist, but only change in it's form."
I can't accept the fact that after we die our being would convert to simply "nothingness".
Perhaps I may be wanting to believe that there has to be more after our earthly existence, but we are all too perfect to just be here for a little while. I know we are more significant than that.
This has got to up there along with "why are we here?" and "is there a god?" in the biggest questions of our world.
This is however a very personal subject, people are entitled to believe whatever suits them in this matter. In this review i am going to share my personal oppinion which you can aggree with or simply disgard.
Religion is really not a big thing for me. I have been baptised and have been brought up with the Christian morals in my life which i aggree with. I dont however, believe in the bible eventhough i undestand it is an important, powerful source of hope in some people lives.
The question of life after death for me is a simple one, lets wait and see. I think death is lifes biggest adventure, im not saying i want to die but i think it is a part of living. I, like i imagine everyone, have had my fair share of guesses...Its like sleeping, you come back as another human, you start back at the bottom of the food chain and work your way back up, you are transprted to heaven where you are reunited with souls of your decised loved ones, you see a white light, you come back as a ghost, you get to decided what you want to do.
I am undecided on what might happen and i like that. This is one answer which i dont feel i need to know yet but i do like discussing.
There are many ideas which i like, reincarnation, ghosts, heaven...but realisticly, i dont know.
My general point is that personaly its going to be interesting to see what really happens and if i found out and had the chance to tell you...i wouldn't because its something we are all going to have to face so why spoil the ending.
As yet I have not seen or read proof of an afterlife. I believe that the soul comprises those memories which you leave behind on earth. The life of your soul is dependent on those who remember you. When they die then so does your soul unless your life has been recorded in history books, such as famous personalities, example Winston Churchil or Royal families. I would like to believe but need some convincing that my five earthy senses can accept. Regards John