WHAT happens after death?
"WHAT happens after death?" is, of course, the most painfully personal question there is. A great many matters of controversy may interest us without vitally concerning us individually, but, after all, every one of us has, at some time or other to face death, and it is inevitable that the question of the hereafter should have a fascination and at times peculiar and painful. It is pure speculation to indulge in ideas and statements on this subject. Neither the Archbishops nor the Pope can tell us anything more than we know ourselves, and that is that we know nothing.
This is the eternal question, as old as death. It is and ever will be the greatest test of religion, science, and philosophy. The borderland between "the living" and "the not living" is the Waterloo of science.
The great question is: What proof have we have of life beyond the grave? But when the person is dead and you bury the body, what becomes of the life. If it goes into space or a spiritual sphere, how can it act without a medium, for we know that on this plane the phenomenon of human life depends on a physical organism.
The subject of what happens after death need no longer be concerned with arguments based on reason, though these are overwhelmingly in favour of continued life in worlds beyond the physical in some religions.
Socrates when asked where he would choose to be buried, replied: "Bury me where you will, if you can catch me". There you have the wisdom of the wisest of ancient philosophers”. He declined to entertain the conception that "Death was the extinction of consciousness." He said there is "Nothingness after Death."
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