If we knew without a doubt that life continues after death, would it change how we treat each other?. By the way, is the transmutation of the caterpillar into a butterfly after death any hint to what might happen to us after death? If you think this is idle thoughts, listen to what Albert Einstein said, "Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere". It may not be a bad idea to critically examine the possibility that death is not the end of life, but the beginning of a new life. If we gave it no thought at all, how badly prepared we would be if there is life after death.
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I agree death transforms us from a physical to a spiritual life, but I'm not sure about reincarnation. Assuming a baby was reincarnated by her grandmother, when grown nothing indications she has the memory of her grandmother. Where does it go?
Isn't it just like what water is to fire?
The problem with reincarnation is that if one soul reincarnates several people, at the end of time whose soul would it be?
Cristale mentioned the near death experiences of people who saw mental images of spirit beings and events in the afterlife. Did your experience while comatose include seeing mental images, that made you believe there is life after death?
Yes, in particular 2 that I thought I knew yet couldn't call them by name. I wrote a hub titled, There & Back Version Deux. When I awakened from my coma I looked to my wife (in my room) and said, "is it ok if I go back?" I wasn't talking to her..
The butterfly analogy is apt, where we see a creature dies in one form, and brought back to life in another form. Should nature repeat itself, we would be resurrected as spirit beings, making life after death a possibility we overlook at our peril.
Yes indeed, I agree with what you say completely; after my experience I am convinced that there is "life" after death. I am also quite certain He knows everything that we have done and failed to do...
We form our opinion about reality base on our experiences. If someone says he believes in God, and life after death based on what he knows from personal experience, on what grounds can we say his belief is false when we have not had his experience?
Ben---On the same grounds that one would inform a child that tooth fairies, probably do not exist. I suppose we can let the child continue to believe. What harm can it do?
A child has not developed his cognitive faculty sufficient to discern truth from falsehood, that much we know. But if we as adults cannot rely on our personal experiences to validate the truth we may well walk in the dark blindfolded.
Guide them to the idea that they can simply remove the blindfold. It is much better when one crosses a street.
It happens that when you don't rely on personal experience for the truth, you keep the blindfold on.