Which of these do you believe is true about the afterlife? My research shows one or more is true...
A. Heaven is a literal planet in the universe and hell a literal place in the center of the Earth
B. Everything in heaven-from food, to clothing, to the homes, etc. are made from light substance
C. People who desire to be married while on the earth if still single at the time of death are able to find a companion still in heaven
D. People who have gone to heaven & come back have seen theme parks with roller coasters and say people there do some of the same activities for entertainment as on earth
Once a fair # of people answer I'll hop in and share the answer according to my research!
My choice is to believe about the heaven what the " book" says. My faith will sustain me until the day we will meet there in the presence of the glory of God, t h a n we will wonder a laugh about our present imagination . .
I vote, this answer is truth. Thank you Michael. It is written. AMEN and AMEN. Heaven Bound. Jesus rules. Love, Skye.
My strength come from Peters' confession "... Lord- You have words of eternal life; and we have believed and have come to know that you are the Holy One of the God." John 7: 68,69 . While we have choice ,better to say edifying . Thanks Skye,Shalom.
I hope there is no afterlife for me! This one was a wondrous enough ride for me. I'm grateful for the comedy, handled the tragedy, and am intensely grateful for being able to have experienced the ocean, the mountains, the love of my friends and family, and the sweetness of my little dog Scooter.
you don't quite perceive the afterlife then do ya. Look around, its much more glorious and without the tragedy.
I can perceive of the concept of heaven. I 'd rather perceive a more perfect life on earth and pursue the question of how we, as human beings, can make it so for each other which, as I see it, is ultimately Christ's message. Reward is irrelevant.
None of the above. Heaven is spiritual, it is in the Father's "house". The Father is spiritual and non material. There may not be clothing, roller coasters, food or even flesh and bone bodies.
Hell is not the center of the earth. Sometimes the word hell is used to describe the grave, which could be called the earth but not the middle. The other way hell is used is as in the opposite place as heaven. In that case it would not be a physical place, as we would already be dead and be spirits. No physical bodies.
There is no evidence that we would find a companion in heaven in he Bible, and direct evidence against it in Luke, when it says we "will neither marry nor be given in marriage" once we are in heaven.
So I suppose I would answer your question with none of the above are true according to the Bible.
Some people think heaven is a place full of virgins. Others think it is a place where your spirit is eternally happy.
I think anyone who claims to know what heaven is not telling the truth because it is unlikely that they have died and come back from such a place.
A couple of points to consider:
Why are there only two options, heaven and hell? People are very ambiguous in their thoughts and actions.
Where do babies who die during infancy go? Surely they have not had the chance to sin or repent for their sins.
If we are 98.5% genetically the same as chimpanzees, do they get to go to a similar heaven? Do all dogs go to heaven?
Your questions show that you apparently know nothing about the afterlife. Instead of asking, study and find out for yourself. I would highly recommend the Bible. You are looking at the possibilities too theoretically.
we are not 98.5% genetically the same as monkies, we are actually closer to the worm genome. The places where we are similar to monkies is not in the physical attribute section. Babies are covered by their parents association with God.
I don't believe any of the items listed are correct. Heaven and Hell are terms created by man to describe many levels of possibilities on earth and beyond. If you believe in reincarnation, you understand what I just said. If not, well, then the only other thing I can say to you is that heaven and hell are whatever people think they are!
It's going to be wonderful finding out, isn't it? I'm a firm believer in our individual 'continuance' of life, so the term, afterlife is simply a label to cover what is assumed to follow once our carnal-fleshly bodies can no longer hold the life-force within us.
What I'm picking up from my own studies seems to indicate that we create our own environment both here and in the so-called afterlife. However, here on earth it is very much subject to the creations of humanity as a whole, plus Nature or The All Mighty. If the majority of human beings think in a certain way about a certain thing, then that is what manifests as far as our emotional atmosphere is concerned. If the world is thought to be a fearful place, it becomes so. If the world is thought to be a wonderful place of peace and prosperity, it becomes so. It's a matter of 'majority-thought rules.'
In 'heaven' though, it seems to be a matter of the individual creating his or her environment with some sort of thought process - and instead of having to organize, plan, co-ordinate, build, etc, the creation is almost instantaneous. If this is so, I can imagine people in such a heaven quickly becoming bored and wanting to once again be challenged by something a little more demanding - like another go at living on the Earth Plane.
It is my knowing that Life does not end...it is the 'Only Thing That Is'.
A. No & No...All of Creation is "Heaven" (not just Earth)...There is no 'place' as "Hell". These are actually conditioned experiences created both individually & collectively during a lifetime. All is One Thing...Always & all ways.
B. Perhaps...if by "light substance" you mean 'energy'...that which holds matter together in form...then this would be true.
C. The existing concept of 'marriage' is not Universal. Higher evolved beings (HEBs) know their Selfs to be connected to All That Is & they relate to each other with a much deeper sense of this than most humans do in present state.
D. Those who experience 'near-death' are still connected to their brain & body, & perceive with the information thusfar collected. If your research examined the 'feelings' of these experiences, you probably found them common...What was described by 'sight', was undoubtedly varied...much dependent on their perception of present existence.
The 'messages' brought back from such are simply to 'prove' that Life does not end...That 'death' is not what most perceive at the moment...It is not an end so much as it is a continuation. One cannot 'fail' a lifetime, nor is one 'taken' from it inopportunely...Life is an ongoing process.
None are true, by suggesting any are you perpetuating fairy tales.
None of the above. Heaven is God's spiritual realm of perfect love and all will be with Him in their own time, but hell is a fairytale created but the church as a tool of fear to maintain control of both commoner and royals, and another way to gain finances.
"Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man the things that God has in store for those who love him and are called according to his purposes."
In spite of the research any of us who are curious enough to look for such answers have done, I would be remiss if I failed to quote Paul. Above are his words. Assuming that the Bible really is the inspired Word of God, Paul's words are not to be taken lightly. Truth is, I don't know what it "IS" that people have born witness to amidst near death experiences, but it is clear to me that both believers and non-believers have had monumental visions, journeys, conversations with spirits etc. It is enough to leave one wondering, though -- that much is certain!
I believe in the afterlife on several premises. None are more compelling to me than the Law of Conservation of Energy, which states that energy can neither be created, nor destroyed, but merely changes from form to form. I'll add to that, formlessness, if indeed we are to be spirit. I reduce the idea that I won't live on in some form to an impossibility based on that Law alone -- Then comes the Law of God, which states that to love thy neighbor is to fulfill the Law of Christ. I am on humanity's side, for it seems right to me to stand for mankind when God is all powerful. I root for the lives of all of us in that sense, not merely because one or any believe Him, though I am all for believing that God is true, and that should you ask for his salvation, one should receive it as promised - hence, He remains true/truth: The Word.
When Paul was taken up into the third heavens, he said that he saw things that are unlawful for him to speak of. Perhaps whatever he bore witness to is so perfect that humans are without efficacy so as to rightly express what heaven truly is, or hell for that matter. Be it fire, or bliss, both are within our capacity to fathom, and therefore, by virtue of said capacity, probable on the basis that if we can think it, it must be. But if what Paul suggested is true, then we can't remotely imagine what is to come. Recently, a professor (atheist) at Duke University died, and came back. He returned from the experience with faith in Jesus. E None of the above. I for one believe in an unimaginable afterlife, but I believe we all know all when we are there. We see all, and can move with the power of thought alone. The mind separated from the body, bound to the eternal mind from whence we came.
Answers! I researched over 100 cases of people who either had near-death experiences or actually died and came back. Some were also people who claimed an out-of-body experience while still alive. I studied cases from different time periods, people of different age groups, from various cultures, and put their stories side by side. I looked at the parallels to see overarching themes and details.
I also looked at Scripture to see which parallels lined up (not as in explicit mention but in terms of what doesn't clearly contradict things mentioned).
Answer A above is a theme I saw time and time again and statistically has a strong score of probability. Answer B above was also a very strong consistent theme-probably the highest scoring in terms of support not just testimony but also science and philosophy (specifically quantum physics). Answer C showed up in a few stories. This spiritual companionship was not described as marriage as understood on earth but had to do with a unity and oneness that apparently cannot be understood by humans. Answer D also showed up in more than one story, specifically stories involving kids that have died.
One very interesting story was a lady who went to heaven and met this little girl she'd never met before. The little girl took her on a tour and to see the roller coasters. When this woman came back to earth, she searched for the little girls' family and contacted them. Every detail she gave to the family about this little girl was accurate.
I know some people believe the Bible and others' don't, but for those who do--this part is for you! Somebody referred to 1 Corinthians 2:9 in which it says "no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love him.” BUT if you continue to read on, you will see it doesn’t end there:
“But you’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you.The Spirit, not content to flit around on the surface, dives into the depths of God, and brings out what God planned all along. Who ever knows what you’re thinking and planning except you yourself? The same with God—except that he not only knows what he’s thinking, but he lets us in on it. God offers a full report on the gifts of life and salvation that he is giving us. We don’t have to rely on the world’s guesses and opinions. We didn’t learn this by reading books or going to school; we learned it from God..”
They are all of, course, tricks of the mind of people under extreme stress, and are wish fulfiments.
No one knows what is in hold for us. Those who have died and have come back, have come back for a reason. We can just look back at all God has done n the past, ane look on to the future. God has done wonderful things before, how much more is there?
man, how these metaphysical afterlife beyond subjects draw the responses, whether the initial statement/question is wise or goofy... anyway, I might have attached my comment to Tusitala Tom's, agreeing with some of his stuff, tweeking other bits of it, but Hub limits the word count too much when commenting on a comment... so, agree, we conjur two worlds, one on our own, one in harmony with other minds... agree, whatever our state of mind is at the time of passing on, so do we find the world we pass onto to be a kin to that state of mind, heck if your state of mind is about Jesus, you may even find Jesus, or if its about a juicey slice of meat for your last meal you may find yourself to be a starving hunting wolf in the beyond... much of the trick of dying may be just be about where your mind is at in that final moment when your conjuring/choosing your next door... I use the word "conjuring" because I do believe it is possible to make new things, new worlds, and I use the word "choosing" because there's already many worlds already conjured we may explore, maybe even add our new thought to... there's no difference between here, the beyond, or even dreams, its all mind stuff building worlds to varying degrees of solo and community contribution, experienced from a singular point of view, that's all a soul is, a point of view among many in the morphing mirrors of a single face...
You said,we all do" contribute experience from a singular point view ." Tragic "conjugation " happen when denying others people " experience" as none existed. Being once'dead' joining my body again, my view of "their" experience changed . They know w
think you may misunderstand... I meant each soul is a single point of view, and their are many souls hense many points of view... the individual point of view is it's self the soul. Did you actually mean "w" as your conclusion? w the wavelength?
Heaven, hell, afterlife, what rubbish, you just have to accept that when you die the light goes out and that is it. Don't quote the bible to me, it was written in a time before science, before anyone understood anything of the world, by people who had never left the middle east. But then just as now people were afraid of death and they needed something to soften the blow.
Go to heaven and sit there 20 billion, billion trilion years long after the sun has gobbled up the earth and the rest of the solar system and see how much fun that is. Full of virgins where have they come from?
All though I can only speculate and reflect on my near-death experience to add insignificant clarity to this I can conclude one undeniable conclusion. We are far from death spiritually when we suffer death of our physical and tangible being. Our spirit "lives" on, or I think it is more appropriate to think of it as a continuation of our journey... My experience is one in which I grew significantly in the spiritual sense; however, if I had not had this experience; I could only conclude that I would be in denial like many...
Therefore, in no way can I be critical of doubting Toms...
I will suggest that you may find it interesting to read about the high frequency of comatose experiences by people who were on their way to close union with God. Research the Saints...
I read your hub w/ your experience-thank you-it was great! When we experience something it makes it VERY real-in fact-undeniable! I took a class on Church History in which we looked at the mystics and saints in Grad school. Wow! Intriguing for sure
I disagree with all of them. "B" is the least repulsive, but still inaccurate in my estimation.
Heaven is a spiritual place and likely hell is, too.
When Yehoshua talked of being born again, he wasn't talking about being born again of the flesh, as Nicodemus suggested, but being born again of the spirit.
After all, we were created in God's image and likeness (Gen.1:26), and He is not Homo sapiens. And, in fact, God is not any physical substance, including "light." Light and even "ego" will not fit in the timeless realm of creation.
Well, I think the idea of afterlife is a fault in itself. Because time doesn´t really exist one can´t really talk about something like "before" and "after". And who says that only our present life is life? If we wanna enjoy this so-called afterlife we should better live and so we will still have a life. But if we are still living after we left earth why should we call it "afterlife"? And who can really say if that life we have now is the real life? Maybe it´s not. Maybe our life is this what we have when we are dreaming while our body sleeps. Who knows?
What about reincarnation? Can someone be fast-forwarded into another's physical form or, tranversely, can someone from the past be reincarnated into someone actually walking among us? Were you someone (or something) else from year's ago that took form in your mother's womb - do you feel connected to the past? I think these things may be possible, although there is no tangeable proof.
HELLS AND HEAVENS ARE REALITIES-WITH SOME EFFORTS-GUIDED BY SOME GODMAN-PEOPLE LIKE-JESUS-RUMI-NANAK-KABIR-SANT KIRPAL SINGH-SOME OTHERS-BUT-OF YOUR TODAY TIMES-YOU CAN VISIT AND SEE THEM DURING LIFE-NOT SOME THING SO "GREAT" OR SO "IMPOSSIBLE"-YES
There is no afterlife - when you die you are gone, nothing more - the only thing left of you are people who remember you - when they are all gone, so are you.
There is less evidence for there being nothing, there is actually no evidence for there being nothing.We simply do not know for sure what comes next. We can only speculate.
calynbana - absolutely true - all oue speculations are valid
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