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What happens after we die?

Updated on June 4, 2015
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What happens beyond death?

What does it mean to die? Is it the end of life? Do you ask yourself what will happen after this life? Do you wonder what the life after death has for you? Does the subject scare you? We all want answers to these questions. It is explicable that we will at one point in time expire from this world. That is to say, we cannot live forever. There are an inordinate number of rulebooks on this issue, and people's views differ, but still it is hard to tell the truth, as nobody knows this for sure. I admit that death is a painful, grieving and a sorrowful occurrence, but it is bound to happen. Any person alive will experience death. It is a fact of life.

The thoughts of dying and death scare the shit out of most people. Countless number of individuals suffer from death anxiety. Death is actually the greatest tragedy in most people’s life. However, I tend to differ on that belief, the biggest tragedy is actually being alive and not knowing why you live. I mean it is tragic to live without a purpose. Do you feel proud when you reflect on your past life? Or all you do is regret? An individual with a firm faith system will in most circumstances deal with death anxiety far better than a non-religious person. Most religious denominations believe that death is inevitable, and they learn to deal with it at an early phase in their life. The subject of life after death has bewildered man for many centuries. In the Bible Job notably asked, “If a man die, shall he live again?”

I want to believe that everyone has ever thought about afterlife concept; it would be strange not to contemplate about death at least once in a lifetime. People need to be aware of conceivable events after the life on earth so that to value the current life and state of affairs. The Bible teaches us that our time on earth is fundamentally groundwork for eternity. The life on earth is essentially a dress rehearsal for the real show in eternity; it is basically a warm-up act. The earlier we understand this fact, the more we will be cautious and live a truly purposeful life by making appropriate choices. A Christianity view of life after death is associated with either hell or heaven. Sinners are punished in hell while the righteous are rewarded in paradise. Hell is not a new term to Hinduism. It is a place that is very analogous to Naraka; a lesser spiritual level where the spirit is judged. In Hinduism, Hell has three gates; greed, anger and lust. However, dissimilar to Christianity, hell or Naraka is certainly not a perpetual residence for Hindus.

I wish to pinpoint that people living under different belief structures view the concept of life after death differently. However, the surest thing is that life does not end up with death, and it is definitely continued in different perceptions depending on religious beliefs. We believe that after death, our spirit departs from the body and the present world and moves to another world where all souls are living. However, diverse religious beliefs view this process differently.

I know you have ever heard of reincarnation. There are religions that believe in reincarnation of the soul into a new form of living being. Buddhism believes in the notion of reincarnation where the progression of death and rebirth occurs. In Buddhism, the idea of incorporeity subsists in the lives of all beings and the sequence of death and rebirth will stop to exist when a person has attained appropriate illumination. This form of new existence may be into not only human, but also animal, and is actually not arbitrary, but based on the values of your life while still alive. Did you know that for some people, death is considered taboo? Some people think they will escape death by not talking about it. However, in my opinion that is not true because death is an inevitable occurrence.

Finally, there is Atheism, which is a term that comes from the words “a” which means without and the word “theism” which implies the conviction of the actuality of God. When these two words are put together, it basically implies the nonexistence of any credence in the actuality of God. Atheist’s argument is that they lack the answers as to where the universe originated from and they depend on Science to perhaps in the future give a comprehensive justification about how the world came into existence. Individually, Atheist has their view of what happens to them when they die. The majority of the Atheists believe that the brain is the chief foundation of their life, and they rely on the brain to live and function appropriately and therefore when the brain dies, the body itself dies. The actuality of the soul and afterlife concept is overruled.

There are many ideas that exist on what lies beyond death. Some religions described a peaceful and harmonious referred to as heaven where good souls are sent to and a place full of terror and fire where the sinful souls are unceasingly tortured called Hell. Whichever religion the fact is eternal life exists, and people's life continues in some other interpretation. Of course, nobody can confirm for sure what transpires after death and which events take place. However, it is encouraging to know that these positive beliefs help people to adopt a positive view of the afterlife and not to invent non-existing facts and activities. The life does not end with death, as death is only the critical point and border that all people should come across to reach the eternal life full of happiness and calmness. In case of reincarnation, people’s soul may live forever changing into different forms of living beings which may be either human or animal.

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