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Is There Life After Death?

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Is There Life After Death? When humans began to contemplate their existence, they also began to ponder their mortality. Scientists have found evidence that even prehistoric man tried to prepare the dead for what lay ahead. From this grew many different religions and even more different views of death. The early Egyptians' entire society was based around death. Each of the religions in the world has its own specific doctrines regarding the afterlife. Those who believe in no religion also have ideas about what happens after death. Many theorized about a higher plain of existence where all people would live forever, others told of people rising from the dead to be reborn again in the body of another creature, and still others thought that there was nothing past death and that once someone died, it was the end. The majority of the global population believes in some variation of heaven and hell. Also, intermingled amongst these beliefs is the belief in a half way point, a limbo state where souls await judgment or are not yet ready to pass on to the other side. People who believe in eternal punishment and reward believe that each person has only one life on earth. At the end of that life, the person goes to either heaven or hell and stays there for all eternity. The way a person conducts his or her life determines which place he or she goes to. The idea of hell comes from the Hebrew, Sheol, which was a giant fire pit where all dead went when they died. This probably manifested itself from their burial rituals in which all the dead were thrown in a burial pit. In the Bible, Job calls Sheol "the land of gloom and deep darkness, the land of gloom and chaos, where light is as darkness."10 The Egyptians are probably the most influential society when it comes to Judeo-Christine doctrine: judgment, heaven, and hell. ...read more.

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Some say there is no meaning. Milan Kundera writes, "Death has two faces. One is nonbeing; the other is the terrifying material of the corpse."3 He is saying that all that is left after death is the body, and even it eventually will decompose and disintegrate. By "nonbeing," Kundera means that the life that once inhabited the body no longer exists. In other words, it is important to live all you can while you can. Atheists go further to say that because of all this scientific evidence, there never was a supreme being. Out of chaos, the universe was created. They follow evolution of the universe to come to the conclusion that humans are not as special as they think they are. When plants and animals die, they cease to exist since they have no souls according to Judao-Christian beliefs. Atheists ask the question of why humans should continue on to another realm when other species that have high learning capacities do not? 4 There are a variety of ways that the spirit can continue after death according to the scientists, existentialists, and atheists. Genetically each child is a combination of chromosomes from both mother and father. Even when a parent dies, part of him or her is alive in the child in a very real way. That part of the parent will continue in the child's children and grandchildren. A person also live on in the deeds done and the work accomplished during life. Anything the person did that affected people positively will be remembered for a very long time. Any buildings, books, or other lasting existence serves as a reminder of who that person was thus allowing the spirit to live on. The same can be said of a negative impact. Lastly, people are part of the food chain and so when they die they re-enter the cycle of life thus adding the process of life. ...read more.

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The question of why people do not have memories of previous lives is explained that a brain in a new body has no memories. It would be like taking a power source from one system to another. The new system has a new body and a new brain, thus while the power source is the same, the body has changed. 15 God plays an important roll in this theory because even with all the science and religion mixed together, there are many questions unanswered. There must be a supreme being at the source. All the chaos in the universe, the creation, the evolution of the species, and the eventual destruction of our species. It is self centered for humans to believe that after our sun dies or if our planet is hit by a meteor that they universe will end. As a whole, the universe seems to be some grand experiment that some higher being must have created. There are certain things that happen in our existence that can not be explained away. The only conclusion that can be made is there must be a god. Many of the religious writings are antiquated, but also serve an important role. Throughout all the writings, there are moral beliefs that may be learned and though the story may be different in diverse religions, the point is the same. If you follow a good moral life, you will be rewarded. I think that what many people do not realize is that it is not just in the afterlife, but it is here on earth now. If you are good to people, they may not all be good to you, but eventually your goodness will pay off. There is no certainty to anything and there is no proof whether one religion or non religion is the better than another. I don't think that it matters what religion that you follow, but how you live your life. No one knows since no concrete proof has been found. 1 ...read more.

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