Do you think that there is life after death?
believe that there is, but what is the evidence? Has anyone ever returned
"from the other side" to tell about it? Does reincarnation happen? For
most folks, the life-after-death question is a matter of faith.
If life after death can be proven, then faith is unnecessary. Most of
the world's religions believe in some sort of life after death. These
fall into four broad categories.
its Hindu roots, reincarnation is the cycle of a person, after dying,
returning as just about anything cow, crow, or cockroach.. or as another
person. The Western version has rewritten the concept into a kindler,
gentler form, in which people only come back as people.
In the modern culture, many people assume they will go to
heaven after they die.
Divinity.Being gods now or in the future.
in heaven or hell as eternal dwelling place, as taught by Christianity.
This is a mystical and
mythical concept. If reincarnation were true, everyone alive today would
have had many previous lives. Some claim to have memories and abilities
carried over from one life to another. If that were the case, the 5,000,000,000-plus
people in the world would abound with examples of this phenomenon, which
they don't. The Western version of reincarnation has another intractible
problem: If everyone is a reincarnated being, how is it that the world's
population continues to grow? From what do all of the new people come.
Under this theory, everyone
goes to heaven after death. One of the evidences cited for universalism
is the peaceful "near-death experience" that some describe. Most of these
episodes involve a person whose heart stops for several minutes, then is
restarted. Following recovery, the person usually describes having seen
a tunnel with a light at the end. Old family and acquaintances appear and
beckon, but the person is told that it is not his time yet, and he returns
to the world of the living, sanguine about his "experience" and no longer
have always wanted to be God, from the time of Adam and Eve in the Garden
of Eden to the time of today's New Agers. To the extent that God is self-existent,
omniscient, and omnipotent, when a person claims to be God it is merely
a case of mistaken identity. People simply do not exhibit these divine
teaches that people can become gods after they die. This idea
is a corruption of Biblical teaching, formulated by a Nineteenth Century
"prophet" who, based on a claimed angelic visitation, founded a cult steeped
in violence, racism, and oppression. Despite historical evidence which
argues strongly against the authenticity of his stories, Mormonism retains
millions of followers today. They have no evidence whatsoever to support
their beliefs in people becoming gods.
thought of standing for judgment can be delightful or frightful, depending
on the place toward which a person seems to be heading, because of the permanence
associated with the outcome. What evidence supports this teaching, and can
it stand up to objective investigation? Jesus
said that he came from heaven and would return to heaven. He said that those
who believe in him and follow him would spend eternity in heaven, while
those who don't will be tormented forever in hell.