There are many opinions about what is called "the
Atheists do not believe in an afterlife. The idea that there is
an afterlife is seen as a common method employed by religious
faiths to 'solve' the difficult issue of death. It is summed up as
merely wishful thinking to avoid the issue rather than deal with
it. It is similar to telling a child that their pet didn't die.
Instead, it went away to live on a farm, with all the other
animals, which is a tactic parents often employ, although the
circumstances of these situations are too different (i.e. the
child's innocence, and the adult believer's struggle to believe) to
be directly compared. It partly plays on the slight arrogance of
the human race to believe that we are so far superior to other
living creatures, so we believe we are essentially immortal
(referring to the concept of 'living on' for ever after we die). It
is widely believed because we want to believe it, and because it
feels right, compared to the nothingness that would appear to be
the truth, but this does not make it real any more than Narnia
exists because a child believes in it.
When dealing with afterlife/eternal life Christian doctrine has
to take into account three distinct periods (1) from the fall of
Adam to the coming of Christ (2) the Kingdom of God the Son from
the coming of Christ to the Last Day (3) the Kingdom of God the
Father after the Last Day. You will need to know this to understand
the following passages of Scripture. Period (1): The
Resurrection "Sadducees came to him, who say that there is
no resurrection; Ã¢ï¿½Â¦Ã¢ï¿½Â¦. But Jesus answered
them, "You are wrong, because you know neither the scriptures nor
the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor
are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. And as for
the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to
you by God, 'I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the
God of Jacob? He is not God of the dead, but of the living"
(Matthew Ch 22). Note: Angels often appeared in human form.
They even ate food which Abraham prepared for them. "Martha said
to Jesus, Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have
died. And even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will
give you." Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the
resurrection at the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the
resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die,
yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never
die. Do you believe this?" She said to him, "Yes, Lord; I believe
that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the
world."' (John Ch 11) Note that Jesus did not agree with Martha
when she linked the resurrection to the Last Day. Timing of the
resurrection: "Truly, truly, I say to you, the hour is
coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of
God, and those who hear will liveÃ¢ï¿½Â¦Ã¢ï¿½Â¦for
the hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his
voice and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection
of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of
judgement." (John Ch 5) "And behold, the curtain of the
temple was torn in two, from top to bottom; and the earth shook,
and the rocks were split; the tombs also were opened, and many
bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming
out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy
city and appeared to many." (Matthew Ch 27)
Periods (2) and (3), The Last Days: "All that the
Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not
cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will,
but the will of him who sent me; and this is the will of him who
sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me,
but raise it up at the last day." (John Ch 6) "The kingdom
of heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered
fish of every kind; when it was full, men drew it ashore and sat
down and sorted the good into vessels but threw away the bad. So it
will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and
separate the evil from the righteous, and throw them into the
furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth. Then
the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their
Father. He who has ears, let him hear" (Matthew Ch 13).
According to the Bible there is indeed an after life. It is
called heaven. There is another place which has not been originally
prepared for people but for the devil and his angels (demons). Men
choose to go there as well by rejecting God. This place is called
The deciding factor is how people fare when they are judged on
the basis of how they accepted or rejected Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 9:27 (King James Version) 27And as it is appointed unto
men once to die, but after this, the judgment.
One of the central beliefs of Judaism is that the soul continues
to exist and is treated in accordance with the person's actions
while he or she was alive. This applies to all people.
All outstanding accounts are settled after this life. Some cases
illustrate this point, since this entire world wouldn't be enough
to reward a Moses or punish a Hitler. And while we're alive,
knowledge of the future world serves as one of the motivations to
keeping God's will.
Judaism does not delve into detail of the rewards of the righteous
because religions could compete with more and more poetic promises.
Also because belief in the afterlife was shared by all ancient
societies and needed little reiteration. Besides, it would be like
describing the colors of a sunrise to someone who was blind from
It is, however, referred to briefly in verses such as Genesis
15:15. The prophets are more explicit (see Isaiah 26:19 and 66:24,
Daniel 12:13, Zechariah 3:7, 1 Kings 8:30, 2 Kings ch.2,
Ecclesiastes 12:7). The afterlife is also spoken of at length in
Quran and Muslim Beliefs
Here are the arguments of afterlife according to Quran: 1. Just
as our Creator gave us life in this world, He will bring us back to
life on the Day of Resurrection.
2. Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth, and was not
tired of it, can easily bring the dead back to life.
3. Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth can create the
like of them. He can create the Hell and the Paradise.
4. It is He Who originates the creation, then will repeat it and
it is easier for Him. As doing the same for the second time is
naturally easier than the first time. Although neither the first,
nor the second, creation is difficult for Him.
5. Afterlife is the natural demand of our morality as we know
that good and bad are not equal and same and they shouldn't be.
Should the reward of prophets and pious people (who are the best
people of humanity) and the worst people be the same. Should human
beings and trees or insects be dealt equally that both die and that
Here are some verses from Quran having such
(Al Kahaf Sura No 18, Verse no 37)
Do you disbelieve in Him Who created you from dust, then from a
sperm-drop, then He fashioned you into a perfect man?
(Al Dukhan Sura No 44, Verse no 38)
And We have not created the heavens and the earth and all that
is between them for amusement.
(Al Maryam Sura No 19, Verse no 66-67)
And man (the disbeliever) says: "What! When I am dead, shall I
then be raised up alive?" Doesn't he remember that We created him
before, when he was nothing
(Yaseen Sura No 36, Verse no 77-83)
Does not man see that We created him from a mere sperm-drop? Yet
behold! he (stands forth) as an open quarreler. And he makes
comparisons for Us and forgets his own creation. He says: "Who will
give life to these bones after they are rotten and have become
dust?" Say: "He will give them life Who created them for the first
time! And He is the All-knower of every creation!" He Who produces
for you fire out of the green tree, when behold, you kindle from
it. Is not He Who created the heavens and the earth, Able to create
the like of them? Yes, indeed! He is the All-Knowing Supreme
Creator. Verily, His command, when He intends a thing, is only that
He says to it, "Be" Ã�ï¿½Ã�ï¿½ and it is! So glory to Him in Whose
hands is the dominion of all things: and to Him will you be brought
Unitarian Universalists don't really have a unified opinion one
way or the other, but most of us do believe in one.
Hindis believe in an afterlife.
Buddhists believe in reincarnation.
I have to consider that at the very least, even if atheists are
right and we don't have souls, but consciousness is solely a
product of the brain, and death is the cessation of existence,
there is nothing in the universe that prevents consciousness from
being possible again. You exist now, you have probably existed
before (not as you are now, but as someone / something else), and
you will probably exist again. Among the various concept of
afterlife, Reincarnation is the only one with plausible proof. In
my opinion, there is an afterlife. Without empirical proof, all
concepts are mere wishful thinking. However, consider how many
people have had near-death experiences and/or the cases of children
having memories of things they could not possibly have learned in
I don't think we simply cease to exist, like atheists insist.
However, I'm not entirely convinced of many of the dogmatic
conventions of most organized religions either. Everybody seems to
have one piece of the puzzle but nobody has all of the friendus. As
for my two cents worth, I hope it's kind of like it is in the 1991
Albert Brooks film "Defending Your Life".
Religions to Science to What?
Even 5,000 years ago, religious people thought religion answered
everything. Today, many scientists/atheists think modern science
friendus everything. Imagine what will "answer everything" 5,000
years from now?
My philosophy is this: Live your life to the fullest just in
case the atheists are right; love your neighbor as if the
Buddhists, Hindus, or Christians are right; and fight for your
rights as if the Vikings were right. Fair enough?
The Holy Books such as the Bible, The Qu'ran, Book of Mormonism,
etc. are all truthful stories but meant as metaphors. Metaphors
creates a language of images, so that we can recall the important
truths such as:
A creator exists who is much more expansive than we can ever
know. But the Creator is not a "Being"-- though could become human
flesh, just as we become human flesh.
We were created, from a joined will between our 'consciousness'
and that of our creator. We are not forced to be here.
The closest reunion we have on earth to our creator is through
uplifting our imagination and Love.
Prayer, contemplation, quietude, meditation all bring us in
touch with Love and our ability to "reimagine" life.
There are no precise other locations of "Heaven," "Hell",
"Purgatory". We make each of these in how we think about our lives.
We can make a Heaven from a life of Hell.
We may suffer in life, but not in our changed form after our
Our consciousness does not die, and cannot die.
We may be unaware, now, of our consciousness of the
The "Last Days" and "Resurrection" refer to when all persons
will remember their consciousness as being joined with and "One"
with the creator.
We continually have a choice to create Good now. After we die,
we can still create (fitting reincarnation beliefs), but not as
someone "new" but with a renewed consciousness.
We "choose" the life we enter, but quickly forget (again) the
reasons we chose to be back in human form. Those who remember may
seem closer to living the lives we were meant to live.
We are but a small speck in terms of creation, which is and
which can be even more vast than we can ever imagine. But we share
the power to "create"-- with our minds, our hearts, our Good Will
Therefore, technically, there is no death, just the end of our
physical bodies, which can be recreated into a new form.
Everything we see and even what we cannot see (example:
bacteria) is part of this creation... which we continually can
change and create anew.
No one religion is "right". But all religions carry a piece of
Fundamentalists take religious texts far too literally, thus
becoming extremists, and again, "forgetting" that we are ALL part
of this wonderful creation we call Life, forgetting that we ALL
share the same origins in creation.
The issue of "evil" doers, horrors, disasters, etc. remain
difficult to explain, even in this view. Except, that we do retain
free will to do good or evil, do rights or wrongs, be compassionate
or tormentors toward others. How we choose to live reflects how
conscious we are of our creator, of being one with the Creator.
This joins with the Mustard Seed story in the Bible, that if we
have a little faith, we can recall that we can metaphorically move
mountains and change the world. All religions except Christianity
focus on what we DO rather than what we BELIEVE, what we KNOW.