Is There Life After Death?

Life After Death?

 

Is There Life After Death?

In short answer yes.  However, this would be an extremely short hub if I only gave you that answer, so I shall expand on how there is life after death.  Before we can begin to get into that huge question let’s lay down some ground rules:

1.      In no way am I telling you what to believe.  You are allowed your right to choose what you want to believe, it makes no difference to me.  So don’t preach to me, I don’t want to hear it, if I want preached to I’ll go to church.

2.      What I believe is irrelevant to you and your life so leave me alone in my beliefs.

Also before we begin it is imperatively important that to fully understand whether or not there is life after death we must completely understand what life is and what death is.  I will explore both of those two states in both religion and in science.  That’s right folks, they are very closely related.

Religious Life after Death
Religious Life after Death

Religion

 

Life

From a religious standpoint life is a gift given to us by God (or whatever you choose to call Him or Her).  We start out life in heaven as souls.  These souls or spirits are waiting in line, so to speak, to receive a body.  They must have conscious thought because without these souls or spirits our bodies are just bodies (dead).  Once the creator chooses a body for our spirits, He or She sends the spirit into our body and we begin our life.  Life in religious circles is the presence of a soul in the body.  To be alive is to have a soul which is in connection with a different plane of existence (heaven).  This soul is what gives us our conscious thought as well as animation.  What else could life be from a religious stand point?  Could it be a test, training, maybe a way to earn redemption?  That I will leave for you to figure out.  Next let’s move on to see what death is.

 

Death

Death is the cessation of life.  It is the dark from the light, the end of the world for us.  When our bodies fail we are left with just a body, a body that has no conscious thought or animation.  All of our functions are inoperable.  It is the end of our test, or our training, it is our chance to seize our redemption.  Maybe.  In religious circles it is when our soul returns to heaven, or back to God depending on how you lived your life.  That however is a topic for you to work out on your own.  So in essence our souls or spirits go through a cycle and death is the completion of that cycle, it ends where it began.  Maybe it repeats itself in reincarnation, perhaps not.  No one has the answer to that question.

Life after Death in Religion

 

Life after Death in Religion

Throughout the history of religion this question has been posed many times.  What is next, is there a life after this one, is death just a passing of one life to another, if I live a virtuous life am I guaranteed a place in heaven?  These questions and many more cannot be answered by mortal man.  There is no irrefutable proof, which is why it is important to have a faith or belief in what you wish to be true.  How do we learn of these beliefs?  We learn of them from many sources, the Bible, the Kuran, and many other religious texts.  How can we believe in something that was written by the hand of man?  These books are supposedly the Word of God.  That’s fine, believe it or not it is up to you.  I prefer to believe in the message of the Bible not the word of it.  Why?  I know there are countless contradictions within it so it is left to interpretation.  For instance, the Bible speaks of an eye for an eye, but then later on it says to turn the other cheek.  Which one you choose to do, you have to take into account the one main principle of the Bible, and that is to treat people with dignity and respect.  If you follow that one rule, you will live a virtuous life and return to Heaven.

Again in religious aspects there is life after death because the soul or spirit upon death returns to its beginning.

Science Life after Death
Science Life after Death

Science

 

Life

What is life in science?  The beginning of life is when the egg is fertilized by the sperm and cell division takes place.  The cell division causes an embryo to grow into like genetic material, I.E. a human begets a human.  This process creates an energy which is then contained within the body of the new child.  Throughout a person’s life, the ever moving and splitting of cells causes the energy to be sustained, that energy is also contained within the blood or life force of the body.  As we progress through life our cells rejuvenate which keeps our organs new.  That process slows down after the body has been alive for a number of years.  Once the process stops altogether our bodies are no longer able to repair itself and thus the cells eventually stop moving.

 

Death

Death is when our bodies no longer produce energy, the cells cease to move and we no longer have animation.  The question that needs to be asked here is what happens to the energy that our bodies contained.  Does it just fade away?  Since the beginning of energy is life, is death the end of energy?  What is this energy anyway?  It can easily be agreed that all living things on this earth can be defined as things that contain energy, plants, trees, and animals all contain energy and are all living matter.  When there is no more energy in either one of the above mentioned things they become dead. 

 

Life after Death in Science

So is there life after death in scientific circles?  Yes there is, for only one simple fact.  Albert Einstein, famed physicist, stated that there is life after death simply because energy can never cease to exist.  Since all living matter contains energy and energy can never cease to exist, there stands to reason that there is life after death.  The energy contained within a body after the production of said energy is over, escapes.  That energy escapes and goes somewhere else.  Where it goes, I don’t know and I suspect no one else knows either.  Perhaps the life after death can be given to another animal, or maybe a plant.  Maybe that energy when it escapes from its host goes up, maybe even to be absorbed by the sun, or maybe the Earth absorbs it to renew itself. 

In Conclusion

 

In Conclusion, I hope that you found this hub to be educational in pondering over the possibilities.  It is true that we must not be single minded, we must explore all the possibilities and give them some form of credibility.  In the end you need to be comfortable in your faith, whatever that may be.  Finally, thank you for reading and exploring these possibilities with me.

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advisor4qb 6 years ago from On New Footing

I do believe that there is life after death. There is some controversy between new age thinkers and religion as to whether or not that is an eternity with Jesus or a repetition of lives on karmic trips around the astrological wheel (in short). I have a mixed belief that has helped me to make sense of mixed emotions in regard to this very thing. I was actually discussing this with my pastor, this very thing this very night, and he was telling me that there is not such a thing as a person being created before being in the womb. I have very mixed feelings about that at this very moment in time, because I have had some very interesting experiences that I have not yet shared here.

Liking the subject matter here in your very interesting hub!


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Thank you for your comment advisor. I am glad that you liked this one. Aren't coincidences weird. Take care and thanks for visiting.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

I've always felt that science and religion can coexist. And as for life after death, it's just not something I worry about. I like to appreciate life for its own sake, and living a good life for its own sake, not for a reward after I die. I've known too many people who seemed more focused on heaven than on living in the here and now.


ralwus 6 years ago

All I can say Wes is that I believe.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Great hub. All I can say is I want to believe.


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Sheila: I like your point of view on this subject, live for now. I think that science has a lot of proven theories but I believe religion can fit in nicely with what science has proven.

Ralwus: Thank you, I am glad that you believe.

Breakfastpop: Thank you as well.


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Lgali 6 years ago

yes i believe too good hub


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livelonger 6 years ago from San Francisco

I'd like to believe there is, but the only honest answer to this question, beyond any of our personal beliefs, is "don't know."


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Lgali: Thank you for reading and visiting.

Livelonger: Well put, but it is undeniable from a science stand point. Energy never ceases to exist, right?


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Disappearinghead 6 years ago from Wales, UK

Hi Wes, Good question to ask.

I can certainly say that Judeo-Christian beliefs comfortably coexist with science, (as long as we understand that the biblical account of creation is not intended to be a science book - Creationists take note).

The biblical account of life makes it clear that prior to conception in the womb, there is no life. That is, we do not exist as some spirit/soul floating about waiting for a body to posess. This is in agreement with science.

The biblical defintions of death and Sheol also make it clear that man has no immortal spirit that is released from the body to live on after death. Man returns to the dust. This is in agreement with science where we can demostrate that the soul consists within the bio-electrical-chemical processes of the brain using an MRI scanner for example. Upon death it dies and the soul/conciousness is gone.

The bible makes it clear that those who are dead are dead with no conciousness and await in the grave for a future resurection. It is only then that one would once again experience life.

The energy that one's body might have just disipates into the enviroment. Our bodies break down into simpler molecules are are recycled by plants and organisms.


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Thank you for your comment disappearing head and thanks for visiting.


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livelonger 6 years ago from San Francisco

wesleycox: Yes, energy/matter are not created or destroyed, but life energy is not some special sort of energy that is exempted from the laws of the universe. The organization of matter and energy that is life seems to stop and entropy takes over. But you can certainly not argue that life itself is definitely preserved. We have absolutely no evidence that that's the case.


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Livelonger: That is definitely some food for thought. Thank you.


JJ 6 years ago

Very interesting, I believe there is life after death in a Paradise. But not in a heavenly or hellish way. I believe thought that we all get a second chance on earth....and that only GOD will be the judge of who or why. But I remain in good faith that GOD is love, therefore he would not forsake the ones with good hearts. No matter what or who we beleive, number one is showing each person respect for their personal beliefs and I feel you showed that respect in this hub. Great job!


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

I thank you Pachuaca, that is the message I attempted to portray. Thanks for reading.


pastella13 6 years ago

Hi wesleycox

It's always a fascinating subject and there's differing opinions. I believe and my partner doesn't and nothing can shake those beliefs. We each have our reasons and experiences. Great hub to get people thinking.


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Pastella: Thank you for reading and I am glad that it is thought provoking. Thanks for reading.


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LightIsLove 6 years ago

I may have proof of life after death. I took this photo on a hill overlooking a church. I cropped in close to see this energy of light better.

let me know what you think.

http://i1222.photobucket.com/albums/dd494/lovemyfe...


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

LightisLove: That's an interesting picture and does lend proof of life after death, but it could also be a film or camera issue. It all boils down to what you want to believe. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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LightIsLove 5 years ago

I am no writer. I only want to share my experience. That is why I wrote my one and only hub about this photo. I have others but only choose to show this one. Thank you for deep though about life after death. I know there is life after death. It's what you do with your life that matters.

LightIsLove


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Greenheart 5 years ago from Cambridge

Hi there.

One way to understand that life continues in some form or another is to understand the near death experience.There has been a lot of people who have had this experience and reported similar phenomena.Also,i would like to recommend a site called www.easydeathbook.com. This book,Easy Death is one of the best books out there on the subject.On a personal note,i have always intuitively felt that death isn't an ending. The question may then be asked,what relevance does this have in my living.

Thank-you for this thoughtful hub.

Gavin


lovelightpeace2all 5 years ago

I know this may sound crazy to some but I feel I was with God before He put me in this body I now have. I believe I was a part of the Universe (in what I call a waiting area of the Universe) with other souls waiting on my/our body for God to place my/our soul into my/our body. When I die I feel like I will return back to God. Maybe God allows us to go through another life after this life? Maybe we have already lived a life or lives before? Our lives here on this earth is what I call our playground or school to learn which advances our souls...who we really are. I believe before I was born God showed me this life I am to live - good and bad - and I agreed to live this life. He gave me this life as a gift. For me to advance my being/soul...who I really am. Going through trials, etc. hardships as well as the good times is when we can learn and advance our souls....who we really are. I grew up with a Christian background. But I feel God is so big and there is so much for us to learn that we cannot do it all in just one lifetime. I do not feel I was born as a sinner needing to find God because I feel I already was with God before He placed me in this body. I know this is controversial but this is how I personally feel. It goes against my up bringing as in Christianity. I just feel there is so much more than what one life time can show or teach us because God is so much bigger than that.


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wesleycox 5 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Indeed, you are saying that you believe in life after death and life before death, your theories are interesting and quite possible. I am not sure where the souls come from but I am sure they are there and they may be reused, kinda like a spiritual recycling program. I don't know but that's how I see it. Faith and Science go hand in hand though so to know things we must take into account each side and see what they are saying to better formulate an opinion. Thank you for reading and commenting.


LoveLightPeace2All 5 years ago

Yes, I do believe in life after death and life before death. I agree about the “soul recycling program”. (Very well put.) I personally feel that is part of God’s gift to us. A way of advancing our souls...who we really are. So many questions. Here is a question to ponder - Could we all just be a figment of God’s imagination? In the future, if I can muster up enough courage, I may share with you about an experience I had as a child. An experience of what I call my distant memory to do with souls in what I call a holding or waiting place which is in an area of the Universe. Wes, this is an interesting hub and a great question you have asked. Thank you.


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wesleycox 5 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

LoveLightPeace2All: Again thank you for reading and commenting. Could we be a figment of our heavenly Fathers imagination? I don't know about that but again all things are possible through Him. I think personally that we are given this life as a test to see if we are worthy of eternal salvation. I would be interested to hear or read the story of which you speak. Thank you for the praise and take care.


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upal19 5 years ago from Dhaka

I believe in after life after death. I believe in God. God has created all things. I think he has not created all things for nothing.


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wesleycox 5 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Thank you for reading upal I appreciate the feedback.


Aristotle 4 years ago

Death for me makes me upset. I've cried about it a few times,ok more than a few times. I guess it's my fear of losing everything i come to love, my family,myself,the world around me. I am 22 years old,and I know I have years ahead of me,but it is at this age that i come to terms and had the realization that death is an inevitable thing,it could come for me tomorrow if I don't watch as I cross the street or i could come down with some illness or be stricken by another,what I'm saying is people tell me not to think about it because of my age,but death is a possibility at any age,to me it a merciless thing,it could snatch an infant,when he or she hasn't even opened their eyes to this earth. The subject has dawned on me even more since my friend's sister passed away from cancer, I felt to myself this person is not even my sister yet I'm suffering inside for this loss. I also began to analyze that, my empathy ,these emotions that come with being human,my consciousness to suddenly be without that,and the thought that terrifies me is that I wont hear the words "I love you".To expire is something too great to really understand i guess,sometimes I'm wishing that when I do die I will be reunited with the people i genuinely loved,but at the same time I'm afraid of it because there is no absolute answer. like everyone I have had my own theories on what happens to us, I sort of thought once that maybe death is quite something like before we were born. we know nothing from before us,and it didn't bother us to not exist,but when we are born we don't remember this event,so maybe when we die it wont bother us either, I don't know that's me being open any possibility i guess. When I am in doubt I like to turn to this poem:

We the mortals touch the metals,

the wind, the ocean shores, the stones,

knowing they will go on, inert or burning,

and I was discovering, naming all the these things:

it was my destiny to love and say goodbye.”

? Pablo Neruda

meaning to me I should appreciate and love this life because eventually at some point I will have to say my goodbyes. I am sure there are others like me who cannot sleep over this at times and I have to say i feel your pain,you aren't alone. When I think to the complexity of this life, I am mostly happy I am here now able to think about those complexities,and I will always open my heart and mind .


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wesleycox 4 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

As it has been said to me, "the grave will never grow tired of taking." It is inevitable, everyone and everything dies but we cannot live our lives healthy if we think about our death all the time. Death will come for you and me when it is ready for us. Until then focus on living and all the wonderful things that come from it. Mainly, the most important aspect of living is the formation of relationships with others.


Agnosticism 4 years ago

Agnosticism is always the way to go.


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wesleycox 4 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

I'm not sure what that is.


donald 4 years ago

hello


Nadine 3 years ago

Ooh brother, you missed the mark by far, you just made most of that crap up. You all are leaving Jesus out of you beliefs. He lived he died for your sins and rose again. Without him as your personal Savior you will not see the Kingom if God and will be separated from God for all Eternity. Read John 3 . Jesus Saves and died for your sins each one of you personally. Ask him into your heart and he is just to you of your. Amen sins. Amen


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wesleycox 3 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Nadine, I would like to redirect your attention to the ground rules number 1 and number 2. You have broken both rules by preaching to me. As I have said I have my faith and am secure in it, and since you don't know me, suffice it to say you know not of what you are speaking. Please re-read the story so you can see what your brain wouldn't let you see the first time. If you chose not to then go away from this page and never return. Leave and believe I am a sinner and going to hell because I didn't mention the savior in this article. Unfortunately, I cannot save the world from ignorant zealots who gathered out of this article that we are all leaving Jesus out of our beliefs. How can anyone be such a fool to think so? Nadine I'm sorry but when it comes to idiots like you I must follow Jesus' teachings and turn the other check, so kiss my a$$!


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

This is a very good hub. Yes there is life after death, because God created us. God also loved us so much He gave us His only begotten Son, so we could be forgiven of our sins.

Our bodies might be gone, but our souls are not.

At least that is what I believe.

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