Is there a life after death? Does it really exist? What happens when we die? These are questions which continue to persist until today. Such curiosity towards afterlife has been a subject of debates, investigations, and experiments for many generations and yet, answers to these questions have been ambiguous. Just the thought of dying scares many of us. As it is, death is the end of life. Every living thing eventually dies. For most of us, it is a topic we never wanted to discuss among friends, family, colleagues or even with acquaintances. Others are fearful while some may not want to talk about it completely or even deal such occurrence. As death confronts an individual, we often wonder if life after death is really true. On the other hand, it may just be a figment of one’s imagination. This is contentious to say the least as one’s religion, culture, background or belief may come into play. It is necessary for us then to delve into the issue in order for us to have a deeper understanding of what have been seemingly endless inquiries about life after death.
Most religions in the world will tell you that there is life after death, although there may be a few exceptions. For Christianity, the resurrection of Jesus Christ plays a major part. Jesus’ return to life is often mentioned in the Bible. Furthermore, the concept of purgatory, heaven and hell, and many other significant details in relation to afterlife show how Christians uphold these teachings. Islam also teaches the continued existence of the soul after death. Hindus and Buddhists meanwhile believe in reincarnation. These groups believe that after death they start a new life in a different body or form.
Accounts of life after death date back since ancient times. Ancient civilizations like those of the Mesopotamians, Greeks, Romans and Egyptians have elaborate visions of afterlife, which by nature are quite different from one another. These widespread beliefs from a religious point of view have allowed us to understand the concept of afterlife in different perspectives. However, there are also skepticisms towards such concept. The scientific community, for instance, was quite skeptical towards these issues. In general, scientists or philosophers tend to practice increased skepticism towards afterlife. There is this premise that once the brain stops, consciousness ceases to exist. A number of researches, investigations or experiments have been conducted, however, with vague outcomes or results. Psychologists, to this day, could provide an explanation or might offer theories but these things are not definite – with no hard evidence yet. Thus, it is understandable why there are skepticisms especially from a scientific standpoint. Moreover, we also have the non-believers who may have their own arguments.
Needless to say, unless there are major breakthroughs from the scientific community or something extraordinary happens from a religious perspective, questions about afterlife or life after death will always continue to hound us for many generations to come as there is really no concrete evidence or proof of its existence up to this day.