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Hi,

I'm doing an essay for school titled:'Is life after death possible?' If you have any contributions to make for or against the argument, please comment!

I have another question as well. So, after we die, many religions believe that our body remains, however our soul/spirit lives on (either in Heaven or Hell). How does our spirit feel pain in Hell, when we don't have a body, brain, neurons, blood etc.

Thanks!!
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Scientifically speaking, it’s not possible, as death is literally the end of life
Good luck w your essay!
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Nobody knows. Atheists think they do, Athiests talk about "eternal oblivion", a concept that I find believe is unsubstantiated as reincarnation or heaven/hell. If that is what happens after you die, why were you conscious in the first place? People who have a NDE and claim that there was "nothing" on the other side have had a memory lapse, people who have a NDE and claim that there was a light have had a hallucination.
The truth is, consciousness is barely understood by psychologists. We may never truly understand it nor will we ever understand what happens after we die until we die.
The only "afterlife" that I have the remotest amount of confidence in would be Nietzche's eternal return. That after death, your awareness transcends time and space and you relive your entire life over again.
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(Original post by Ben0Phillips)
Nobody knows. Atheists think they do, Athiests talk about "eternal oblivion", a concept that I find believe is unsubstantiated as reincarnation or heaven/hell. If that is what happens after you die, why were you conscious in the first place? People who have a NDE and claim that there was "nothing" on the other side have had a memory lapse, people who have a NDE and claim that there was a light have had a hallucination.
The truth is, consciousness is barely understood by psychologists. We may never truly understand it nor will we ever understand what happens after we die until we die.
The only "afterlife" that I have the remotest amount of confidence in would be Nietzche's eternal return. That after death, your awareness transcends time and space and you relive your entire life over again.
Don’t generalise any group, it weakens your points.

Atheism isn’t based on any belief system, we just simply don’t believe in a god.
It usually follows that with no god there is no reason to suspect that any kind of afterlife is possible, but we don’t say we know with certainty.
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I would say that the religious idea of life after death alludes to the evolutionary idea that our legacy on Earth continues when we die in the form of our children and our influence in the world, and the idea of reaching Heaven is like saying you can be perfectly happy with your life on Earth as long as you did the best you could. But it's a very abstract idea that I haven't thought about much and that I'm not sure would fit into a GCSE essay. Sorry

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I have another question as well. So, after we die, many religions believe that our body remains, however our soul/spirit lives on (either in Heaven or Hell). How does our spirit feel pain in Hell, when we don't have a body, brain, neurons, blood etc.
I guess our spirit would feel 'metaphysical pain' as Hell is a metaphysical "place" (if place is the right word). I think the key to understanding religious ideas is to stop thinking about them as literal descriptions of reality. Hell is not a place; it is a concept (as far as I can tell).
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"I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?" John 3:12
of course it is not possible within an earth-only viewpoint but if there is a god, if the Bible is true, which it very clearly is, then of course it is possible. I don't think it will be on earth as a new heaven and earth will be created after judgement day but it does exist just not in our physical understanding of our universe.
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