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What do you guys think about the afterlife ?Since these days people are so busy...

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nhl123 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted February 22, 2012 at 8:16 AM via web

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What do you guys think about the afterlife ?

Since these days people are so busy especially teens arouhd my ae 15+ older. People are so busy in Dancing with the stars, AMerican Idol, The Grammys , Hollywood!! And Now most people in this world dont give a damm about faith they dont belive in afterlife?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 22, 2012 at 8:42 AM (Answer #2)

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I've always thought that it makes no sense to believe in God out of fear of being judged in the afterlife.  I have always felt that we should be moral for the sake of being moral -- because that is what is right.  After all, what does it say about our morals if our only reason for being good is because we don't want to go to hell?

As far as the rest of your point, I'm not sure that having faith means that you can't care about popular culture.  It seems that it is possible to do both.

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 22, 2012 at 9:06 AM (Answer #3)

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I think it is pretty easy to say that our culture is mostly corrupt, and that "kids these days" are even less moral than ever in history.  But isn't that what adults have said throughout history?

It sounds to me like you are frustrated with your peers who seem to be interested mainly in shallow things.  This is natural.  This is, like it or not, pretty typical of average teenagers.  Here is one thing I believe whole-heartedly, when it comes to faith, talk of the "afterlife" or purpose on Earth: every human will come to a point in life (probably more than once) where they will truly wonder what everything means.  Every human will also experience a crisis-point (possibly more than one) where nothing human will seem big enough to help.

These are the moments, for me, when the opportunity to share my beliefs are easiest.  It sounds like you are a believer in something.  I encourage you to spend this time in your life building authentic relationships with your peers, so that one day, when the crisis-point happens, you won't be a stranger when you wish to present an option based on your beliefs.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 22, 2012 at 9:22 AM (Answer #4)

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I do not think there is any way to prove the existence of an afterlife.  People believe what they need to believe to get them through the day.  That may be Heaven and Hell, or the existence of neither, or reincarnation.  We are all free to believe what we want to believe.  We should not judge.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 22, 2012 at 9:33 AM (Answer #5)

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Obviously, with no proof of the afterlife, such a belief is based on faith. Most religions believe in some form of afterlife, and it is a soothing hope that our souls may continue after our physical life ends.

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted February 22, 2012 at 10:10 AM (Answer #6)

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We may have opinions about the afterlife in this current forelife, but I'm not sure we can have any opinion of the afterlife until we get some hard data from those on the other side.  It's been very very quiet....

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 22, 2012 at 12:54 PM (Answer #7)

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This is clearly a faith question. However, it take as much faith to not believe in an afterlife. This is a point that many people who do not believe in any God tend to forget. The ultimate questions such as why are we here, why were we created, and what is the meaning of life cannot be answered without faith. In my opinion, I do believe that there is an afterlife and that God does exists.

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 22, 2012 at 1:41 PM (Answer #8)

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To believe in an afterlife, you must believe in an active, regulating spiritual life; many people today -- perhaps even most -- are religious in name only, or by lip-service. I never felt a connection to my religion, and I have largely abandoned it because of that lack of connection. Believe me, I would love to think that my "self," the "me that is me," will go on after my body dies, but at this point in my life, there's not much evidence for that, or reason for me to take up the cause for any other religion.

I am also a classic "devil's advocate," and even if I agree with a point, my first instinct is always to argue the opposite side. I also have a problem accepting lectures from a position of faith-without-evidence; this makes me badly suited to organized religion, which sort of requires that faith; I don't have it right now.

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 22, 2012 at 2:46 PM (Answer #9)

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I would just as soon not believe in the afterlife.  Since there is a real risk that the afterlife could be incredibly horrible rather than wonderfully pleasant, I would just as soon hope that no afterlife exists.  If one does exist, I hope it might be as pleasant as some people believe it will be.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 22, 2012 at 3:55 PM (Answer #10)

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I think I'll experience it soon enough, so it doesn't occupy much of my thoughts in this life.  I also think the universe is a complicated place that humans are not capable of fully understanding, up to and including where my microscopic bit of energy and existence will end up after I shed this shell.

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bhawanipur | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted February 22, 2012 at 7:39 PM (Answer #11)

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Many religions believe in afterlife. Some believe in reincarnaion. It makes no difference to me whether I believe in it or not. There are some people have firm believe in it and they are afraid of the consequences after death. People are so ignorant that they believe in a God outside their material body but never believe that they are because there if God in them. During life time they act according to their like and dislike to fulfill their aspirations. Some do not believe but they also act like the believers.

For me it makes no difference whether there is something after life or not. I try to act as a human being with humanity, not trying to try others as far as possible. I envy nobody really but I know not if someone does. Thus if I am sent to Heaven, I shall enjoy. If I am sent to Hell, then also there is no problem. I shall meet all my friends there. Both the ways I am not in lose. If I am born, its nice to be back in any form to see this earth. If not, nothing to worry, I shall have God as my father.(Chimney Sweeper by Blake).

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florine | Student , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted February 22, 2012 at 9:49 PM (Answer #12)

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 After life , I fear there might be....nothing.

I'm all for hic et nunc. But as Emily Dickinson put it,"Those dying, then // knew where they went -" whereas now, we just want "to rage against the dying of the light"* before we die.       

 

                                                                                             *Dylan Thomas                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted February 24, 2012 at 2:48 AM (Answer #13)

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As an English teacher, a common phrase I use when teaching is, "What does the text say?" So, if you think about all the texts that discuss the afterlife you could start there. And, just like any research project, you would have to determine the credibility of the sources that you read. Are you going to believe in Greek mythology, Christendom, Islam, Hinduism, or Buddism?  The search for answers can be found among the many texts which provide evidence of an afterlife.  There are also out-of-life experiences recorded that one could read.  My favorite is watching shows about ghosts on the Discovery channel and the like.  I saw one Ghost Hunter series that had video of a ghost walking across a room and they backed up its validity by movie editors who can find any Hollywood trick in the book.  Technology today, and the textual evidence from the past, can all be collected to find patterns and symbolism that supports an afterlife. Everyone just has to do their own research, but evidence is out there.

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amne | Student , Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted February 24, 2012 at 11:59 PM (Answer #14)

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I think that this life is a test and that afterlife is the real life we live.

I was discussing this with my RE class yesterday... life we live in now is just like a GCSE exam that we take, if we pass we live our lives happily and in a huge success and if we fail well lets us say we live a nightmare.

Obviously, afterlife is based on religion and people's opinions, no one is wrong.

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wanderista | Student , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted February 29, 2012 at 2:03 PM (Answer #15)

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I do not believe in the afterlife, personally. I believe, like the Buddhists (but not completely) that we come back as something different randomly. I am extremely skeptical about heaven and hell - they just don't seem too likely.

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lynda-mohamed | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 2, 2012 at 5:34 AM (Answer #16)

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in islam we believe that aferlife depends on our actual life. if we do good thing in our life GOD will reward us eternal paradise but if we commit sins GOD will punish us in an eternal hell.

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wolfpac | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted March 13, 2012 at 2:55 AM (Answer #17)

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The Afterlife to me is a place where you will be able to rest from the body that God has given you.

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trina2005 | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted March 26, 2012 at 3:54 AM (Answer #18)

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I believe in life after death, I think that when we one day dies, will we either go to heaven or hell. I also believe that our actions, what we do here in this life will influence the chances we have to go to either heaven or hell. but I also believe faith helps to determine where to end.

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just-s | Student , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted March 27, 2012 at 3:01 AM (Answer #19)

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in islam we believe that aferlife depends on our actual life. if we do good thing in our life GOD will reward us eternal paradise but if we commit sins GOD will punish us in an eternal hell.

i totally agree with you. it all does depend on our life in this world and thats the result we will get in the hereafter!!

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balim | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted April 5, 2012 at 8:21 PM (Answer #21)

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i think the world we are living now is just a little part of our lives.we need to be good in this short period of our lives because it effects all other part of our eternal life.

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bbehaghel | Student , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted April 9, 2012 at 2:17 AM (Answer #22)

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As a Christian, I believe in heaven. That after being judged, and staying in the purgatory, I think that we will be near God, and look over the world and pray for our descendants.

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gracious15 | Student , Grade 11 | Salutatorian

Posted April 12, 2012 at 2:05 AM (Answer #23)

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I say that Heaven and Hell exists. What you do will depend on where you will go.That is what I was thought.

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drahmad1989 | Student , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted April 16, 2012 at 3:00 AM (Answer #24)

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Who creates us first time, it is not diffucult for Him to re-create us again.

Their must be a life where all are equal in power and in energy Doomsday or Day of Judgement. At that day no one is able to escape from Punishement/ reward.

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lizzyquina22 | Student , Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 17, 2012 at 2:47 AM (Answer #25)

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People have so many ideas about the after life now in this society. Personally i think there is an "after life". I am a believer of Christ, so I do believe if you don't accept him as your personal savior you are most likely not going to heaven. That's what i Believe in when you talk about an "after-life" because people say they don't believe in faith or religion and that's okay, but when they have a need or are in a difficult cirumstance they say, "have faith, you'll get through it" and then I ask myself how are their problems going to be solved if they don't have an almighty God to help them. And for that God to help you, you have to accept him as yor personal savior. I know lots of people in the world believe that they can do it all by themselves, but you can never really trust in a man or woman or put all the trust in yourself because our own hearts can deceive us and then where will our trust and faith be on? So thats what I believe. 

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isaacgbecerril | Student , Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 18, 2012 at 2:27 AM (Answer #26)

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I believe in the one true God. In the God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Jacob. I believe that Jesus Christ the son of the Almighty God came into this world to die for the sins of humanity. Look for those that say there is no God, I understand them. I would too say that if I would of have never found my savior. But I have therefore I am convinced that he is real. Look people want to prove that he is God. They want to see him. We will he is returning soon. For those that have accepted him will dwell with him forever. Ok well lets use a real quick example of why people do not believe in God, it is because they have not seen him or met him. Lets say me and you( whoever you are) are standing behind the sun. We see our shadows. But wait, never in your life have you ever looked at sun, nor have one clue of what a sun is. You have no understanding of what a sun is, because you have never seen it. But I on the otherhand, I know what a sun is, because I have turn around and seen the sun. I have also learned about the sun. Now we are both standing facing the opposite direction and you have never turn around and can not turn around. Now, I tell you the reason why there is light and why we can see our shadows its because there is a big planet, a ball of fire called sun. Your response is like what? You must be crazy there is no such thing! But until you do not turn around youare never going to find out. Look I encourage  anybody to give God 1 try. In fact just listen to 91.1 for 15 days see

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isaacgbecerril | Student , Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 18, 2012 at 2:36 AM (Answer #27)

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listen to k-love( 91.1 F.M.) for 15 days and see what happens. Or I encourage you to watch videos of a great lady preacher, Joyce Meyer. Or Joel Osteen.

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zach6 | Student , Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 18, 2012 at 7:04 PM (Answer #28)

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btmlsu | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted April 18, 2012 at 11:13 PM (Answer #29)

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The afterlife is some myth. If you believe in God, then the afterlife is either Heaven or that other place that no one likes. When people pass, they are within you and the ones you love. It is all Hollywood and the Travel Channel that have people to put make-up on to look like ghosts. Also people see things because of hallucinations. There is no such things as ghosts. 

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btmlsu | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted April 18, 2012 at 11:14 PM (Answer #30)

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The afterlife is some myth. If you believe in God, then the afterlife is either Heaven or that other place that no one likes. When people pass, they are within you and the ones you love. It is all Hollywood and the Travel Channel that have people to put make-up on to look like ghosts. Also people see things because of hallucinations. There is no such things as ghosts. As a matter of fact, it does not mention anything about ghosts in the Bible. Just Angels. 

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tigertim3 | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 19, 2012 at 5:02 AM (Answer #31)

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God hides so that men will seek to know him. He said seek me and you shall find me. You find him you find eternal life

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abbagumps | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted April 19, 2012 at 3:18 PM (Answer #32)

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I would just as soon not believe in the afterlife.  Since there is a real risk that the afterlife could be incredibly horrible rather than wonderfully pleasant, I would just as soon hope that no afterlife exists.  If one does exist, I hope it might be as pleasant as some people believe it will be.

It won't be pleasant as many believe. There is hope in eternal life just by having faith in Jesus. In that case it will be wonderful. 'Every knee will bow and every tounge confess that Jesus Christ is Lord' Even the devil believes that Jesus exists but he will not accept the forgiveness that Jesus offers. That is the tragedy and now the entire universe is falling under the deception that the afterlife will be 'pleasant' there is no need to worry.

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bernsb | Student , Grade 9 | Honors

Posted April 19, 2012 at 8:59 PM (Answer #33)

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If you are not saved you go to hell if you are saved you go to Heaven.

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s7a0amoorah | Student , Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted April 21, 2012 at 6:18 PM (Answer #34)

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I would just as soon not believe in the afterlife.  Since there is a real risk that the afterlife could be incredibly horrible rather than wonderfully pleasant, I would just as soon hope that no afterlife exists.  If one does exist, I hope it might be as pleasant as some people believe it will be.

hmm.. wouldn't that be.. erm.. should I say.. optional... You make it "incredibly horrible" or "wonderfully pleasant".... based on how you make use of this life?

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zach6 | Student , Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 25, 2012 at 5:37 PM (Answer #35)

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