After you've lived your life, what's next?

United States
October 28, 2009 11:57am CST
I read an article recently that shocked me to the core. Many people don't believe in heaven and hell. Some believe in heaven but not hell. Why is this I wonder? Is the human mind conditioned to hope for the best and disregard the rest, as it seeks to justify its' evil intentions? Whatever the reason, it doesn't have any bearing on the fact that heaven and hell are or are not real. I know my beliefs, and you know yours, and I cannot change yours, but what are your beliefs on this matter? Personally, I know I'm going to heaven to be with my Creator. I look forward to it every day of my life. \ What about you? Where will you go? What do you believe about this subject? Think about it... Dive Deep!
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• United States
29 Oct 09
I personally believe 100% in both locations. I don't believe that God wants any of us to go, but He states clearly in His word that not believing/following Him, will earn you a one-way ticket. He doesn't "send" anyone to hell. We send ourselves, through our actions, unbelief and down right stubbornness. He gives us an alternative to hell. We make the choice ourselves. It's really no different than if we choose to break a law, get caught and convicted then go to prison. We made the choice, no matter what the reasons were, or how we justified our actions, bottom line is we still made the choice knowing there was a possible consequence. Personally, I would much rather believe in God, and..HIS word and that is to include heaven and hell... and be wrong. Then, to not believe and be wrong. Which is the lesser of 2 evils?
• Australia
29 Oct 09
Well said, Brooke. No one could ever convince me other than what I believe, because for 51 of my 73 years I have enjoyed a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with my Father God through the Lord Jesus Christ. He has proven over and over and over again the REALITY of Himself and the TRUTH of His Word. But for arguments sake: IF I am wrong, I have lost nothing! I have the best that this world has to offer. I am completely happy and contented with my life and would change nothing. If I am right, I have lost nothing, but have gained everything for all eternity. I cannot lose. The choice belongs to each individual.
• United States
28 Oct 09
I have dove deep into a book called I Am That. It is a question and answer session with an Indian sage. He passed not too long ago. I believe in a heaven and hell, but I don't believe that is it. This book has changed my thinking completely. In a nutshell he states that all the play of the world, the mind, the body, experiences, and memory are not who we are. As long as the mind operates there is what is called karma or cause and effect. This karma dictates your next life either here or in heaven or hell. Yet, if you inquire about your true nature, which is beyond the mind, the creation, and the ego, you will realize that there is only one real being and all else is false. You will realize that you were never born and will never die and all this play we call life is just a bubble in the ocean of the absolute. What do you think of that?
• United States
28 Oct 09
Deep...not without truth in my eyes. In essence, I believe that way, although I subscibe to different terminology, and probably put more emphasis on certain parts of the absolute than the sages did elsewhere...
@usemyname (640)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
People like that are just in a state of denial. They only want the good things in life, failing to notice that life has its ups and downs. Not every thing you want in life could actually be yours. The world is not a perfect, and I think will never ever be. Life is driven by the forces of good and evil. These are clearly embodied in the idea behind the yin and yang, karma and, of course, heaven and hell. I do believe in heaven and hell. And I admit it to myself, that I am a sinner. The least I could do here on earth is to do good deeds to compensate for mortal sins. Hopefully, I want to go heaven.
@Catwife (54)
• China
29 Oct 09
I believe that heaven and hell!I was born into a Christian family!So this has a deep impact!It is also constrained I walk life's journey!Do not believe that people can try to understand what more go to church!Can purify the soul!Do not defy the existence of God!
@IMEzekieL (500)
28 Oct 09
I'm a Christian but I don't really believe in hell, as in eternal damnation. After I lived my life and die, well that's the best time to know whether God really exist or not.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
28 Oct 09
Hi, My thoughts on this are very simple. We live, we die, we rot. Unless of course some choose cremation in which case they smoke rather than rot. My opinion is not there to be challenged or justified and has been held for many years.
@UK_Shree (3604)
28 Oct 09
I suppose I haven't thought long and hard enough about this before. I am not entirely sure to be honest. I suppose you are right - as human beings we just want to believe that there is no horrible place that we end up, because let's face it, none of us are angels and we all do things we shouldn't at some point in our lives.
@FSCAries (881)
• United States
28 Oct 09
It is funny that this topic came up today, because I have strong beliefs about this subject that I just finished expounding on to a good friend of mine. I very much believe that there is a God, our creator, who will see to it that we end up where we need to, hopefully up there with him. The concept of hell, however,is not one that I subscribe to. How can our Heavenly Father punish us by sending us to an eternal hellfire over a mistake one of his children made? For all the times the bible has been re-translated and just knowing of the character of some those that ordered it to be done so, I believe hell was a creation by those in power to "scare the hell out of people". Basically, I believe the creation of the concept of hell was merely a tool to orchaestrate social control.