What really happens to people when they die?

by ButtLight 73 Replies latest jw friends

  • kazar

    I don't believe in ghosts, but I do believe there is unexplainable phenomena. Like JH, I would like to believe in an earthly resurrection minus Jehovah's Witnesses (unless they're really cool). Otherwise, I think we're just dead or damned if we wake up in an earthly paradise and the same JW's we couldn't stand are there, too.

  • sunshine2

    ....I used to believe in the resurection after death....either to be found worthy of everlasting life or for judgement. However, today I do not really care what happens when I die, and I am not scared either. I don't care about my mistakes from yesterday nor do I worry about tomorrow. I live my life each day to the fullest and try do do good. Maybe the dead can communicate with us, I would not necessarily doubt it, but it has not happend to me yet and it is not important to my well being at the moment.

  • Nathan Natas
    Nathan Natas

    BL, I can understand how you want to have an answer to that question, and how you hope the answer will be what you'd like for it to be because you are so close to your Mom and you know she's dying.

    The best I can tell you is only what I sincerely believe: remember what it was like before you were born? After we die, it's just like that again.

  • startingover

    For those that think we only use 10% of our brains:

  • Mary
    JH asked: I wish i could use more than 10 % of my brain... is it possible?

    Sure it is! Just switch to drinking American beer and that's free up lots o' yer brain cells.

    The question 'what happens when we die' is as old as mankind itself and the bottom line is: we won't know till we get there. I'm not sure what I believe anymore in that respect whether there will be a future physical resurrection here on earth, or whether something happens to us immediately when we die-------as long as something happens, I don't care which scenario it is.

  • sonnyboy

    People generally get buried or cremated after they die.

    Seriously, I believe there's a good possibility that some may stick around as "ghosts". I'd like to think there's more to who we are than firing neurons.

  • Es

    I believe in ghosts i do think they exist, ever since my pop passed away i felt his prescence, and in my flat i have felt a few prescences and a cold shudder goes down my left side. es

  • Carmel

    "Thou hast asked Me whether man, as apart from the Prophets of God and His chosen ones, will retain, after his physical death, the self-same individuality, personality, consciousness, and understanding that characterize his life in this world. If this should be the case, how is it, thou hast observed, that whereas such slight injuries to his mental faculties as fainting and severe illness deprive him of his understanding and consciousness, his death, which must involve the decomposition of his body and the dissolution of its elements, is powerless to destroy that understanding and extinguish that consciousness? How can any one imagine that man's consciousness and personality will be maintained, when the very instruments necessary to their existence and function will have completely disintegrated?

    Know thou that the soul of man is exalted above, and is independent of all infirmities of body or mind. That a sick person showeth signs of weakness is due to the hindrances that interpose themselves between his soul and his body, for the soul itself remaineth unaffected by any bodily ailments. Consider the light of the lamp. Though an external object may interfere with its radiance, the light itself continueth to shine with undiminished power. In like manner, every malady afflicting the body of man is an impediment that preventeth the soul from manifesting its inherent might and power. When it leaveth the body, however, it will evince such ascendancy, and reveal such influence as no force on earth can equal. Every pure, every refined and sanctified soul will be endowed with tremendous power, and shall rejoice with exceeding gladness.

    Consider the lamp which is hidden under a bushel. Though its light be shining, yet its radiance is concealed from men. Likewise, consider the sun which hath been obscured by the clouds. Observe how its splendor appeareth to have diminished, when in reality the source of that light hath remained unchanged. The soul of man should be likened unto this sun, and all things on earth should be regarded as his body. So long as no external impediment interveneth between them, the body will, in its entirety, continue to reflect the light of the soul, and to be sustained by its power. As soon as, however, a veil interposeth itself between them, the brightness of that light seemeth to lessen.

    Consider again the sun when it is completely hidden behind the clouds. Though the earth is still illumined with its light, yet the measure of light which it receiveth is considerably reduced. Not until the clouds have dispersed, can the sun shine again in the plenitude of its glory. Neither the presence of the cloud nor its absence can, in any way, affect the inherent splendor of the sun. The soul of man is the sun by which his body is illumined, and from which it draweth its sustenance, and should be so regarded.

    Consider, moreover, how the fruit, ere it is formed, lieth potentially within the tree. Were the tree to be cut into pieces, no sign nor any part of the fruit, however small, could be detected. When it appeareth, however, it manifesteth itself, as thou hast observed, in its wondrous beauty and glorious perfection. Certain fruits, indeed, attain their fullest development only after being severed from the tree.

    (Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 153)

  • Frannie Banannie
    Frannie Banannie

    Here's a blast from the past and if it could happen to a cat, why not a human?



  • LouBelle

    I honestly have no idea what is going to happen. I tend to stay away now from what the witnesses teach as everything else was a lie to I gather that that is too. I also don't over analyse what the bible has to say as this can be very frustrating.

    Personaly (which it boils down too) I would like to think that once this physical life ends there is something in the spiritual whelm. But if there isn't I wouldn't know and I'm fine with that.

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