March 26, 2017 1 Comment
The odd neighbor dies and the priest tells everyone at the funeral he is now in heaven. The old school teacher in the retirement home passed away in her sleep and the minister comforts the family telling them they will see her again someday in heaven, so they go on their way comforted.
Almost every religion or culture speaks of somewhere people go after they die. These places are called many different things and are described different but they all have one thing in common, you only get there by dying. Are these places real and are they different places or the same?
In my recent Psych 600 class, this topic came up for discussion, centered on the main question, is there something else or nothing after death. One question arose asking “is the belief in the afterlife merely a humanistic attempt to make sense out of our existence?” I can see the reasoning behind the question. If there is nothing beyond death, then why are we here and what is the reason for our mortal existence? The flip side is that IF there is something beyond death then our mortal existence can have meaning and our actions can affect what happens to us when we die.
So I pose this question to you in hope you can put forth a worthy argument for or against the afterlife, is there more beyond our daily struggle to survive? Is there a reason you were born, other than to live out your days and die and then that’s it?