Life after Death; What Lies Beyond?

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“Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean.” 
David Searls

"There is no conclusive evidence of life after death, but there is no evidence of any sort against it. Soon enough you will know, so why fret about it?” 
Robert A. Heinlein

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There is no precise data as to how many people in the world do actually believe in the Afterlife, since the general assumption that all those who follow a religion have firm faith in life after death, is improbable. 

Many people have doubts in their minds, because there is no empirical evidence to substantiate that belief, and there won't be any, ever, I believe!

Those who follow and believe in religions, outnumber those who don’t, but very few of them have unwavering faith that death is merely a pause in the journey, and that the life continues after death. Implying that we are immortal, really!

That is the first group, and the people belonging to that group act being conscious, as if they are being watched all the time. They try to comply with their generally accepted sets of beliefs.

The second group comprises those who have no faith in any religion whatsoever, and they do not simply buy the idea that life will continue after their physical bodies perish. These are the people who are free souls. Their behavior reflects their personal standards.

The third group has believers in it, the gang of the doubtful, and they are many, without ever realizing the very fact that they do not actually believe in the Hereafter, though they think they do. This group includes everyone, from very best to the worst, in terms of compliance to societal norms.

The first group believes in the Afterlife, the second doesn’t, and those belonging to the third group have doubts in their minds.

The first category followers need no further guidance, or reassurance, since their faith is solid. Those who do not believe in the Hereafter, are not interested in finding out if their belief is unfounded, or otherwise. Those who have doubts in their minds are the ones who need to be steered to light, and the effort is primarily focused on them, including our intelligent friends with no faith, who can also refer to this suggestion, if they so desire.

I have tried to explain that concept in my previous articles, and will try to elaborate it a bit further here.

You would have read, and do perhaps agree with the idea, that in order to be successful one should keep the end in mind, as that approach helps people maintain focus in attaining their goals by avoiding waste, thus creating value in life.

Let us expand the thought process further, in order to grasp the very basics, by answering these apparently simple questions;

  • What is a system?
  • What is an accident?
  • What is life? Does it end or it continues?
  • What is instinct, and why do most species, with perhaps the exception of Homo sapiens, behave in exactly the same manner in given situations?
  • What are physical laws and why they remain constant across galaxies?
  • What are patterns, and what do they signify?
  • How do we manage to record sounds and capture images, and what does that imply?
  • What is the universal language?
  • Why do animals and some humans are able to smell danger in the atmosphere, even before the event heralding that hazard actually transpires? This question alone needs an entire book to be grasped, and explained.
  • What is evolution?
  • What is natural balance, and why is it maintained?
  • Why is there such impeccable order in the universe; no collision of planets? Save for some astray meteors, or rocks, the impact of which results in adjustments?
  • Is there a bond or connection among species and celestial bodies, or they are independent?
  • How was the universe created?
  • Why was the universe created?
  • Why is there only one planet inhabited among trillions scattered in the universe?
  • What is time, and will it end at some point?
  • Why are Homo sapiens so different from the other species of Nature?
  • If all that is there had started from an accident, then what is the end?
  • If all that is there was created on purpose, then why, and what is the end?

The answers to these questions would probably require a few hundred pages to offer any credible explanation. So, let us summarize all this to try to be able to present a plausible case to our friends with swaying beliefs, and also to those who do not believe that creation is not accidental, but deliberate.

A kitten separated from the other cats at birth, always, I repeat, always acts in the exact same manner in given situations as a cat would behave. Why.., because it has been coded accordingly, an operating program written for her kind, and replicated over and over, with the exception, that each time it is for a different host. What other explanation would you conceive, or offer?

You would never believe if a person tells you that their company has a new system which controls almost everything; from their card swipe access management system to payroll, and from the coffee dispensing machines to data compilation, in real time, and surprisingly, it simply emerged one fine morning, or, that it evolved on its own over a period of time?

If you don’t believe that absurd claim, then why do you believe that the entire galactic system was created after an accident. That various species evolved on their own in a haphazard and random manner, and were not developed and advanced in an extremely well-defined, interconnected, and interdependent system, which functions under meticulously defined physical laws which remain constant across the universe?

Remember; accidents result in a jumble, chaos, and decay, whereas development results in order and growth. Accidents are unplanned and uncontrolled, whereas development is planned and controlled. Accidents happen due to lack of something and loss of control, whereas development takes place because someone has an a clear objective, a comprehensive plan, ensures controlled execution, and meticulously maintains the entire system.

Physical laws do not change or vary if we travel from one city to another, or from one planet to another, or for that matter, from one galaxy to another galaxy.

Why is that? Don’t we think for a moment that the mere existence of physical laws denotes that there is a force which has not only created those laws in the first place, but is also actively involved, directly or indirectly, in ensuring that those laws are not violated or breached? From a logical perspective, we know that it makes perfect sense!

If Creator has made this, and He sees us in realtime, but we can’t see Him, then the question arises why? Why can’t we see Him, when we have all the senses and means available at our disposal?

Now imagine that we create a program, a video game, and infuse the characters of the video game with some degree of artificial intelligence...

The characters would believe that they are real. They can think and act on their own, free will, manifesting the height of programming sophistication. In that case, will they ever be able to see us, while we are right in front of them? Watching them all the time?

The answer is, that it would only be possible if the programmer will so desire, and will then make the necessary adjustments, enabling some, or all of the characters to see him.

In religious scriptures we read that our Creator sees us all the time, but we can’t see Him. Does it make some sense after the aforementioned analogy, though it is a bit oversimplified!

The programmer can make characters perish in one simulation, and revive them in another. Is that something beyond comprehension, or it appears to be a normal feat for the accomplished programmer?

If we die, or in other words, the character’s role ends in this episode, does it mean that the same character perishes for good? No, in this context the journey continues. A copy of Norton antivirus when destroyed by a single user, can be replaced, simple logic. Why, because the program itself is saved elsewhere, and can be reproduced when needed.

We have invented gadgets which help us record sounds and capture images, which we can retrieve and play anytime we want, then why do we have doubts in our minds when Creator says that all that we do is well documented, and shall be revealed on the Day of Judgment? What is the big deal? Again, simple logic.

Have firm faith in the Afterlife, and in your Creator with unshakeable conviction, for that is a mandatory condition which we all must fulfill for salvation, to be successful.

Remind yourself of that fact all the time, and do not fear death. Just try to be a nice person, make positive contribution to the society you live in, and trust me, you’ll be better off in the Afterlife. The capabilities of our Creator are way beyond our wildest comprehension!

The Hereafter will be a new cosmic arrangement, a new world, where we will assume highly advanced physical forms with much greater capabilities, and with absence of time there, we will effectively be immortals. Our position and placement there will depend on our positive or negative contribution in this world, and our faith is a prerequisite.

So, even if we are positive contributors in this world, having faith in Creator, and the Hereafter, is still a requirement, and a condition which we must accept with our free will, with unwavering conviction.

That new world will not require millennia of evolution, for that phase has already been completed. We will be relocating and will assume new roles, based on our performance and qualifications.

Faith protects us from obscurity, and as Albert Schweitzer had said, “As we acquire knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious.”

That is to debug the general misconception that more knowledge gives us more clarity of thought, as that flawed premise has misled countless people. More knowledge only shows us how little we really know!

We must understand, realize and accept that more knowledge for sure gives us better clarity and vision, but only to a certain extent, beyond that point, it is all about possibilities, a candid acknowledgment of our little knowledge, or utter ignorance, whatever we may want to call it.

Faith is a robust vehicle that would help us sail through the mysterious journey of life.

Have Faith!

Cheers!!

Related articles:

https://www.booksie.com/498116-universe-a-complex-simulation

https://www.booksie.com/565635-does-god-exist

 


Submitted: May 31, 2017

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Criss Sole

This is something I think about often. I ask myself these questions all the time.
This article was very comforting to read, and I was happy to see you covered this topic.
Thanks for posting.

Sun, March 15th, 2020 7:35am

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Hi Criss,
Glad you liked it and concur.
BR

Sun, March 15th, 2020 5:01am

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