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How many people who believe in many lives, even if it's just one more life after this one, tend to concentrate on that next life, waiting for their reward (or praying they'll avoid punishment)? They might be better concentrating on the life they have right now, rather than worry about the next one, which may not happen.
6) Therefore, the very essence of what we are is Independant of time, even though we cannot perceive this "immortality" with our limited senses.
I feel like I'm starting to ramble and am getting a little off topic. I believe that if I life my life like it's my only chance to learn and observe everything that I can then I'll be prepared for either scenario. I wouldn't want to waste this one because I thought I'd have a few more chances. The fact that we are alive and conscious is incredibly special and it wouldn't surprise me if we only got one chance. Then again, if it just kept repeating it wouldn't be too bad either. Sorry if I got a little crazy, got a lot of my mind...
Originally posted by WolfofWar
If You've ever seen Dead Like Me, you should know that the afterlife is actually just one big temp filling agency job, and life is the vacation from it. Its all just middle management, for eternity.
I'm still not positive, but I now have some doubts that we only do get "one chance" to get it right.
Originally posted by passenger
Thank you for your kind words. I did actually try to encourage her to talk as much as possible, but it was often frustrating as she was so young that she frequently could not fully articulate some of the memories. I personally don't have any recall of former lives and tried various techniques for recalling them to no avail. Maybe I'm a first-timer. Have you tried anything to try to "unlock" your possible previous incarnations?
Originally posted by worldwatcher
it has been embedded in my brain for as long as I can remember that the body is just a vessel, transporting the soul, from one journey to another, so I find it hard to believe and accept the one life system and the finality of a heaven and hell, just seems way to easy for me. I believe that the cosmos and all within are way to complex and vast to have such a finite belief system, but that's just me.
As to your previous life encounter in Auschwitz: Do you feel that it has had a positive or negative effect on your current self. That is, does it make you more fearful of people perhaps or has it given you some kind of inner-strength or perhaps a little of both?
Originally posted by passenger
Back to the original question: Don't you find it a bit ironic that the traditional Christian viewpoint is based on a one-shot-screw-up-and your damned-for-eternity viepoint? Expecially since Christ himself preached so much about forgiveness and redemption.
On the other hand, many eastern and naturalist religions provide for another chance to redeem yourself and to learn to do good eventually. Seems almost the opposite of what they should be.