posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 04:44 AM
First I will pose a question to you. Heaven and Hell or Reincarnation; Which makes more sense to you?
Of these two possibilities ONLY, which do you think is most viable?
For the most part, my family is very "religious" and spiritual. Being so, they have a hard time understanding the concept that I do not believe in
God, yet I'm a huge proponent of reincarnation and the soul/spirit. Since they relate their spiritualism and soul with god, they can't seem to
figure out where I am coming from. I have tried explaining it, but it seems to be a lost cause since they can't differentiate between god and the
I have ALWAYS been an atheist, since I remember church at the age of 4, I have NEVER believed in god. The whole concept never sat right with me,
perhaps because I never understood how a god that loved us so much let such bad things happen in my life. Now, don't get me wrong, my life has not
been "bad". I have, however, had my fair share of bad events in my life which include, but are not limited to, losing every close family member I
had (aside from my mother) by the time I was 20 years old. (though I lost most before I was 10)
For many years, I never took the time to look farther than being an atheist. I didn't believe in god and that was that. I never feared death or
really much thought about my own.
However, at around age 21, I suddenly became a deeply spiritual person and began to wonder what exactly did happen when we die. As much as I tried to
imagine it, I just could not (and still can't) get my mind around the thought that we just "blink out" when we die. Maybe it's the selfish nature
of myself and all humans to think that the world revolves around my existence, but I simply cannot except the thought of the essence that is Jasn just
CEASING. So, I started thinking about possibilities and, long story short, I landed on the doorstep of the belief in reincarnation. This concept and
ideology make, hands down, the most sense to me.
I fully believe all creatures on this planet have a soul and an essence about them. However, I feel this soul/essence of ours is more energy based
However, at the same time, I began to wonder why we don't ALL remember our past lives and THIS is the most logical explanation I have been able to
come up with for myself.
Our memories are a physical characteristic of this body. Those thoughts, loves, memories, hopes, dreams and everything else we experience are stored
in our personal super computer (brain) and when this body dies, the data that we have stored there dies with it. However, we have all heard of people
that recall their past lives. I have an explanation for that too! (for myself anyway.) I believe that some experiences are simply SO IMPORTANT to us
that they manage to imprint themselves onto our spiritual essence. This could possibly explain why so many people that recall past lives seem to
recall events that are very close and personal. (IE: A loved one from a past life, parents from a past life, battles fought in a past life etc.)
Perhaps some events in our lives have such a HUGE impact on us in that life that they, in essence, magnetically stamp themselves on our soul.
While I do believe in Karma in each life, I'm not so sure that it has a bearing on our future/past lives. It is a possibility (and a very legitimate
one), however, the jury is still out on that one for me. Then again, perhaps Karma is just us punishing ourselves subconciously for our self
Well, there you go; An atheist's perspective on spirituality. Perhaps some of you can take a bit away from my beliefs that benefits you in some way.
I may be very wrong about my beliefs, we may simply blink out when our time is up. There may have never been a past life and there may never be a
future one for me, but I certainly hope that's not the case.
I would appreciate any feedback (good or bad) to what I have written here. Perhaps you could tell us your own beliefs. Whatever the case, thank you
for reading and thank you in advance for any contribution you make.
True love is the best and worst of all human emotions.
EDIT: Mods, I'm not sure if this is the correct forum for this thread. However, since I respect and appreciate the opinions of most that frequent
this particular forum, I request that it remain here.
[edit on 26-8-2007 by SimiusDei]