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Life after Death: Is it possible?

December 29th, 2011 by Michael Tabor
Before responding to this question kindly view the video below (if you haven’t seen it already – the video has gone viral) in which you will see via flash card a boy with a fatal heart condition explain in heart wrenching detail his near-death experiences.
http://gma.yahoo.com/video/news-26797925/sick-teen-s-videos-go-viral-after-death-27729605.html#crsl=%252Fvideo%252Fnews-26797925%252Fsick-teen-s-videos-go-viral-after-death-27729605.html
What makes the video all the more poignant is the fact that the youngster died on Christmas day this year shortly after he made this tape.
There have been numerous documented cases in which a person, who right before he or she dies, has the very same experience: sees a very bright light (sometimes a tunnel), witnesses a flashback of one’s life, and has an intense euphoric feeling. Steve Jobs said aloud, “oh wow, oh wow, oh wow’” and then died.
A person who believes in life after death will boldly pronounce that the individual is going to heaven or something of that sort. On the other hand, a secularist will provide an elaborate explanation of what typically happens to human beings shortly before death, e.g. the part of the brain responsible for vision is stimulated which accounts for the bright lights; and mercifully, human nature has an innate mechanism which discharges massive amounts of “feel good” neurotransmitters such as endorphins, serotonin, GABA, etc . which is why a dying human being feels a sense of peace and euphoria.
So WhadaYaThink ? What do you think? I’m not sure where I stand on this. I would be assured of an afterlife if Abraham Lincoln, George Carlin, and Steve jobs all came back from the dead and proclaimed to the world that there’s more to come. Personally, I don’t think it really matters once the person is dead. Death which is not even a state of being (obviously) is not intrinsically bad and if there is something after this (this actually scares me more – what if the life after this is bad – ahh I don’t believe in a “hell” from a spiritual or scientific standpoint. A benevolent God doesn’t like pain and a painful existence serves no purpose or utilitarian function for a neutral universe ) so be it.
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5 Responses to “Life after Death: Is it possible?”

  1. rick Says:

    when did you lose faith in God?

  2. Michael Tabor Says:

    In college

  3. DR HANS SCHWANTZ Says:

    Greetings

    I look at this way…everyone does not know everything about everything. We can theorize, assume, guess, etc., but when it comes to why life is here it really is still a mystery.

    If we came from evolution then what was the first cause of evolution? How did nothing create something and how did it exist before all life was here? Why did some amoebas, or bacteria or hydrogen atoms become so smart and decide over millions of years to create life? There is no need for it on this planet, as the universe seems to be able to function without us or any form of life in it?

    Also why would a complex life form like humans learn all this knowledge, develop relationships and interests, then suddenly get sick, or die from some random accident loosing all this knowledge not to mention the grief of our loved ones having to carry on without us?

    This whole process makes no sense and if the grave is it for us all why even live to begin with? It just would seem pointless, cruel and really nothing is accomplished as we all lose in the end anyway.

    Why also give us the knowledge of death, as it seems to serve as a great sadness to us knowing we cannot forego the inevitable ending?

    What about the starving kids, suffering people in the world? What does this serve the universe and evolution? Seems if we go around once on this world only, should not every living thing at least enjoy a pleasurable life? What is the point of suffering and then just die?

    An intelligent designer such as a creator seems to make more sense as to how life came about. This creator would be an energy source beyond our comprehension that can harness and use its energy to create what appears to be carbon based material that we see in the world and universe. How this is done we have no idea either. But it seems to make better sense than simply two bacteria’s became smart, evolved into life over millions of years.

    Ben Breedlove is the man who died in the video…ask yourself a question? Why waste your time making a video of yourself and asking if you believe in angels and God? If there is no God then what was the point? Just to convince himself there is? It seems that he truly felt something and saw something along the way to his demise to tell us all.

    A creator would also give us hope that there could be life after death simply because there is assumed intelligence and purpose for the creators creatures if the creator wants to give life later on to dead creation if it so desired. Evolution cannot give us any hope for a life after death unless of course we would evolve into it but this just seems impossible to happen from what is observed concerning evolution so far.

    The interesting thing is that we can state that life after death has never been proven and we can also state that life after death has never been disproven either. Seems like a 50/50 coin flip if you want probabilities.

    In the end we of course will not find out till the end of our life. However, it just seems that there is something more to our lives then simply living whatever time we have and then that’s it.

    Seems like there are so many planets in the heavens that could be “turned on” for life to exist in the future that life after death seems to be a real possibility.

  4. DR HANS SCHWANTZ Says:

    Greetings

    I look at this way…everyone does not know everything about everything. We can theorize, assume, guess, etc., but when it comes to why life is here it really is still a mystery.

    If we came from evolution then what was the first cause of evolution? How did nothing create something and how did it exist before all life was here? Why did some amoebas, or bacteria or hydrogen atoms become so smart and decide over millions of years to create life? There is no need for it on this planet, as the universe seems to be able to function without us or any form of life in it?

    Also why would a complex life form like humans learn all this knowledge, develop relationships and interests, then suddenly get sick, or die from some random accident loosing all this knowledge not to mention the grief of our loved ones having to carry on without us?

    This whole process makes no sense and if the grave is it for us all why even live to begin with? It just would seem pointless, cruel and really nothing is accomplished as we all lose in the end anyway.

    Why also give us the knowledge of death, as it seems to serve as a great sadness to us knowing we cannot forego the inevitable ending?

    What about the starving kids, suffering people in the world? What does this serve the universe and evolution? Seems if we go around once on this world only, should not every living thing at least enjoy a pleasurable life? What is the point of suffering and then just die?

    An intelligent designer such as a creator seems to make more sense as to how life came about. This creator would be an energy source beyond our comprehension that can harness and use its energy to create what appears to be carbon based material that we see in the world and universe. How this is done we have no idea either. But it seems to make better sense than simply two bacteria’s became smart, evolved into life over millions of years.

    Ben Breedlove is the man who died in the video…ask yourself a question? Why waste your time making a video of yourself and asking if you believe in angels and God? If there is no God then what was the point? Just to convince himself there is? It seems that he truly felt something and saw something along the way to his demise to tell us all.

    A creator would also give us hope that there could be life after death simply because there is assumed intelligence and purpose for the creators creatures if the creator wants to give life later on to dead creation if it so desired. Evolution cannot give us any hope for a life after death unless of course we would evolve into it but this just seems impossible to happen from what is observed concerning evolution so far.
    The interesting thing is that we can state that life after death has never been proven and we can also state that life after death has never been disproven either. Seems like a 50/50 coin flip if you want probabilities.

    In the end we of course will not find out till the end of our life. However, it just seems that there is something more to our lives then simply living whatever time we have and then that’s it.

    Seems like there are so many planets in the heavens that could be “turned on” for life to exist in the future that life after death seems to be a real possibility.

  5. Michael Tabor Says:

    Dear Dr. Schwantz,

    Thank you for your insightful and very thought-provoking comments; you touched on things that prompted me to take another hard look at my existing world view and belief system. Allow me to engage you line by line on what you had to say.

    Socrates said, “As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.” I rather think this was a rhetorical remark from the great philosopher because Socrates certainly knew something just as we humans all know something. If one can build a house or study advanced calculus, certainly this is knowledge that is tangible and real. As for knowing everything about everything, well I think this is an impossibility. Even if we were to live to a 1000, 10,000, or even a million years and did nothing but study, I believe there still would be something to learn inasmuch as the universe is seemingly infinite and time is boundless. I also believe that not knowing everything is a good thing – we need mystery for life to be worth living. I have always maintained that there cannot be a hell more horrible than being “God” – a god that is omniscient, omnipotent, all-powerful, etc. How nightmarishly dreadful !

    I love your second series of questions regarding what happened before the big bang and why did amoebas & hydogen atoms start to become smart after millions of years of doing nothing. We, homo-sapiens, can’t seem to understand and wrap our minds around infinity and timelessness. Is there something wrong with our system of logic ? Is our intelligence limited & unable to comprehend boundlessness – not unlike a dog trying to learn and speak English ? And yes the universe doesn’t seem to need life and planet earth at all. There are millions of stars dying out there in the universe and the universe just keeps on moving on unfazed.

    I part with your assertion that when a single human being dies, the knowledge which he or she possessed disappears and is gone forever. Although I certainly believe every living being is precious and unique, we collectively as a spieces are moving forward and making progress – 1. from a biological standpoint passing on genetic information to our progeny. 2.We also have this innate ability to create and leave behind a legacy and there are hundreds of millions of books to ensure this happens. Noam Chomsky very convincingly states (it’s really a fact now, not a hypothesis) that learning a language and communicating is as natural and inevitable as a child’s limbs sprouting. I do agree with you when it comes to your thoughts about grief. We human beings never get over the loss of a loved one – it stays with us forever. And very often we are so grief-stricken for a period of time that we become incapacitated and can’t function. How does this figure into evolution and progress ? Excellent point !

    I disagree with you regarding the notion that life would be pointless if there was no God and if this life is all there is when we die. Everyone and everything dies – even our universe will someday die. The first noble truth of Zen Buddhism is that all life is suffering because as you indicated that though we may prosper and have it all at a certain point and time – health, wealth, and happiness, eventually we will lose it all and ultimately get sick and die. A Zen monk acknowledges this, accepts it as truth and lives in the eternal now ie. eat when hungry, sleep when tired, be happy when good fortune comes your way and it’s okay to be sad when it’s time to let go and die.

    Momento mori is latin for “remember we must die.” Again, unlike animals who don’t have long-term goals, it’s good that we know that we don’t live forever. This knowledge allows us to live and plan our lives accordingly. Having said that, we don’t know how we will die and don’t know the precise time @ which our lives will end. I’m not sure if this is a good or bad thing. Knowing that we don’t have forever is a good thing but I’m not sure if I personally would want to know the specifics of how when I will succumb to death.

    Why suffering ? Nature is neutral and I believe providence or any type of intervention would be disasterous. There is cause and affect and if we really think this through, I don’t think we would want some sort of creator meddling. This is a difficult pill to swallow especially when children die. It is up to us to make this world a safer place in which to live. However, there will always be accidents and unspeakable tragedy.

    I love your theory about the carbon-based intelligent design energy source. Although we have zero proof of such an entity it would make sense as to how things got started. I agree with you and I just don’t buy into the secularist’s “glorious accident theory” and this is not just wishful thinking, besides even if such an energy source did in fact exist, it doesn’t mean that we as individuals will survive our death. Nice point.

    Thank you for the name – R.I.P. Ben Breedlove.

    The notion of believing in a creator is no mystery at all. We are all afraid of dying and most people hope for some type of existence after this one. The survival instinct is the stongest instinct we have. After survival comes the procreation instinct. Is there life after death ? probably not but as you said no one knows.

    Thanks for your input and please come back. You have made WhaDaWeThink a better place,

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