There aren’t many things that are more fascinating to think about than where you will go after you die, and what the experience of the dying process will feel like. What last thoughts will be going going through my head as I’m slowly slipping into a permanent sleep? Maybe I will already be asleep, and dreaming about writing a WordPress post when I pass. Would I consciously notice something is not quite right in my dream before my heart stops beating? Everything about death seems to not so much scare me but sort of intrigue me, with death being so mysterious and thought provoking.
The afterlife is a belief which many people around me hold. I constantly get bombarded with stories about heaven and what it might be like there, how to earn yourself a spot there, etc. However in recent years I have run into many brick walls when running through the reasoning of an individual who follows this line of belief. I will now point out a couple of areas I found where the belief of the afterlife seems to fall apart. These points will be drawn out over a series of seperate posts, as it would make for a very large read if they were all compressed into 1 post. I am not a highly sophisticated theologian for that matter, however at this point I do stand to be corrected.
- For the first question on this topic, let us go back to before we were born. Where were we before we were born, and better yet what were we? Are new entities, or ‘souls’ just created at birth, only to then exist for eternity even after death? Without any compelling evidence showing there is indeed an afterlife, it would only seem logical to hold the belief that we go where we once were before birth after we die, and by we that is, our physical body. We slowly decompose, our atoms break apart and we become embedded in the soil, that is, if we were to be buried. To hold the position that only once we are born, we then have the capacity to visit a life after death and are able to live for eternity, to me seems to be following an idea with little reason. If no part of us exists before we are born, wouldn’t it be logically reasonable to suppose we are that way once our life has come to an end? Surely when we die, our experience of life will disappear, and we will cease to hold conscious thought, much like we did before birth.