life after lifeDoes life after life really exist? what happens to us after our death?

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trophyhunter1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think most people hope for life after death. Science has no definitive proof of an afterlife, however, many people who are brought back from death on the operating table, or after drowning, have similar stories of what they saw in the "afterlife". I think what happens after life is a personal belief for us all and stems from what you were taught via religion, experience and reading articles as well as books, among others. Each culture and religion has its own set of beliefs. Therefore, you have to think about what makes sense to you and apply that to your own life.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

How can we possibly know anything life after death?  It's all conjecture.  We simply have no way of knowing.  The previous post makes a lot of sense if you are sure that God exists and has made us and the world.  However, this is not an empirically provable truth.  Therefore, we have to recognize that the idea that there must be an afterlife because God would surely have created one is based on an assumption that cannot be proven.  

Unfortunately (I think) we simply can not know what will happen to us.  It would be much easier if we did know...

shake99 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Wow, you really hit a controversial topic there.

Since we cannot prove it one way or the other, we have to rely on faith.

I personally cannot imagine that God, who gives us so many priceless things (yes, I know there are many tough things in life too), would let us just crumble to dust. Yes, there is some kind of life after life. Somehow, this life prepares us for the next. I just don't pretend to know how.

astrosonuthird | Student

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suzannah304 | Student

well, pashupatinath temple is in nepal; the country with the world's tallest mountain MT EVEREST (ASIA)and the temple is one of the important hindu temples.

quantatanu | Student


everything in the universe has a finite life time ! Even proton has a life time > 10^(29) years ! Only if you can rest in peace inside a blackhole, the people from outside will know that you will live forever as time doesn't run inside the blackhole ! 

So you can now guess why we die. Every cell and every bit of our body is made up of atoms and molecules and finally fundamental particles ! Every molecule has to decay and so the life will reach death. 


But theres way out, for this you need to know what you are. Suppose "you" is actually your consciousness, then suppose you store every bit of your memory and consciousness in a supercomputer say and update it everyday... then after your body decays and I then place that virtual brain inside the brain of a robot... and that starts functioning then it is actually you... as with all your memory you can recall everything and you can use your brain too... as a replica was stored in the computer and it had been updated time to time till your body ended, so from now on you start living in that robot... but believe me its you astrosonuthird.... 


so in this way you can stay aproximately for eternity by changing robots !

astrosonuthird | Student

Why! Why! Why we die?


I don't know why people dies.


They should not die.





Use your brains 100/100 to stay alive. 


But I can't proove this.


If I proove this statement I would get the nobel prize.

quantatanu | Student

the life ends at death. what you imagine is through your brain a part of the brain... you  are run by the fuel "enthalpy" geerated from chemical reactions inside the cells... every  cell is a life... death means stopping of the whole machine and that is the end. There exist nothing after that.

astrosonuthird | Student

I am Christian.

nicoledesilva | Student

Oops, sorry! I meant, "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death."

nicoledesilva | Student

It actually also depends on your faith.
Hinduism believes in the rebirth and reincarnation of souls. Death is therefore not a great calamity, not an end of all, but a natural process in the existence of soul as a separate entity, by which it reassembles its resources, adjusts its course and returns again to the earth to continue its journey.

A Buddhist, on the other hand, looks at death as a breaking apart of the material of which we are composed.  However Buddhism does not look at death as a continuation of the soul but as an awakening.

The core of Christian belief about the afterlife is that there is an afterlife, that conduct on earth – how we behave - will determine where in the afterlife you will eventually end up. That there is a hell for the wicked ones – especially the Catholic Church still teaches that hellfire is for eternity and there is heaven for those who behaved well.

According to the tenets of the Muslim faith, death is the complete end of physical life and the beginning of a period of rest until the day of resurrection when Allah judges the living and the dead.

Et cetera, et cetera...

And well, like some people said, "The last that shall be destroyed is death."
(Its actually from Harry Potter, but it IS full of meaning...)

Cheers! :)

astrosonuthird | Student

Look! I think I have proof


Do we feel death?


I think NO!


Do we feel we are alive?


Absulutely yes!

So, if we don't feel death, we continue our lives forever. If we die we take birth as something else maybe animals or even aliens.


but now I am human.

astrosonuthird | Student

Yes! There is life after life.

maminlar | Student

Science still to has go a long way to investigate such things. In search of many things, still science is in its evolutionary stages and with the passage of time, it will reveal more about the things which are not grasped by our mind or sense. About life after death, some people of religious faith say that things after death are not perceivable by the existing senses of a man. To perceive things after death man will be enabled with some other senses. Apart from these things, many famous people like Albert Einstien also commented life after death, that there must be some thing after death and its not absolute end of man's life after death. It could be said that death is like an end of life in this world and it might has starting in some other place, out of this world. This is full of secrets, and still are out of human grasp.

najm1947 | Student

I agree with post 2. Life after life is needed to complete the process of justice. In this world we see many criminals go unpunished and many people having spent their lives in noble deeds remain unrewarded.

Life after life is required, if one believes in God and that justice has to be dispensed to all.

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