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Originally posted by gimme_some_truth
One question that was brought up involves reincarnation. Assuming reincarnation exists, are we required to reincarnate? Are we allowed to stay in the after life? Is it up to us? Or is it up to some one else?
Belief in reincarnation has ancient roots. This doctrine is a central tenet within the majority of Indian religious traditions, such as Hinduism (including Yoga, Vaishnavism, and Shaivism), Jainism, and Sikhism. The idea was also entertained by some ancient Greek philosophers. Many modern Pagans also believe in reincarnation as do some New Age movements, along with followers of Spiritism, practitioners of certain African traditions, and students of esoteric philosophies such as Kabbalah, Sufism and Gnostic and Esoteric Christianity. The Buddhist concept of Rebirth although often referred to as reincarnation differs significantly from the Hindu-based traditions and New Age movements in that there is no unchanging "soul" (or eternal self) to reincarnate.
Also if you look at the population through out time it has increased quite a bit. Does that mean that more souls are being created? Does it mean that the same souls are being some how cut in half and shared? Does it mean there is no such thing as souls? What does it mean?
What about death in general. Is death an inevitability? Do we only die because we accept it as an inevitability? If one truly believes that you cannot die, what happens? Do you die? Do you not?
What of existence? If at any point in our lives, one truly believes that they don’t exist, do they cease to exist? or did they never exist in the first place? If you do exist, can you even cease to exist?
Originally posted by Niobis
To the OP and many posters here...
You're asking the wrong question/s when you ask "is there life after death", or "is there "birth after death".
You already know the answer to that question. You already know the answers to many great questions. Our problem is we are searching for answers when we should be searching for the questions. The answers are easy. They have been with us since the beginning, and will always be with us.
Don't ask questions you already know the answers to, answer the questions you don't know.
As for the original question, "is there life after death", of course there isn't. At least not life as we define it in this life. Some have mentioned re-incarnation, and in my opinion, I think there is a choice to come back to this reality after death. After all, we all chose to be here. So I suppose that could be considered "life after death".
I think death is going to be much like waking from a dream. We will remember the more important and tragic events, but most of this life will fade away really quick. And the longer we are "dead", the more memories of this life will fade.
That's my 2 pennies.
[edit on 18-11-2008 by Niobis]
Originally posted by scorps
I find it incredibly terrorfying to even imagine just disappearing, no life after death, nothing.