If you don't believe it makes life boring. Being christian I have to believe in it but even if i wasn't i still think i would just to make life more enjoyable. It OK not to believe but if you think about it make your life more fun and just believe.
Life after Death does not exist God, along with life after death, is not real. I am not looking to cause offence or hurt, but I'm just going to say what I believe so I apologise for any offence taken in advance. If life after death was a true concept, God would be the cause of all this reincarnation etc. I believe God is merely a creation of human imagination and wandering minds. He was created to explain natural disasters and other things that the human race did not understand hundreds of years ago. People believe in God to take a weight off their minds, saying 'my life is in God's hands now' and ' We'll be alright, God is watching over us' etc. It is scientifically impossible for God to exist, and of course 'heaven' and 'hell'. If heaven and hell did exist, what would they be? Parallel universes? Different dimensions? And also, saying that it is not for mortals to know, is another way of saying that YOU don't know. I'm sorry, but there is NO evidence, NO proof, and NO reason to believe in Life after Death.
Keep in mind that the question is not "Is there proof for reincarnation". It's whether I believe in it or not, and I do believe in it. There have been cases of "proven" reincarnation, but those are debatable. Ian Stevenson has provided some so-called 'proof' that reincarnation is real , but many people are still skeptical. But I am entitled to believe what I believe, and I believe in reincarnation.
I want to believe it is real. I sometimes feel a very strong connection to things I have no reason to. Things like crying nostalgic when I hear a gramophone play a certin song, or meeting someone I could trust from the first word without even a name, those things make me feel really connected to the past. I can't prove it, and in all other regards in a devote atheist... But there is something nawing at me that insists this must be true. Maybe wishful thinking, but what's the harm in it?
I remember being a young boy living in a village, I can even draw the street I lived on and a bridge over the river splitting the village in two, I have had many flash back's to ww2 I know bombing sites and my death in a aircraft that exploded, something I can check but some I cant Like looking into the boarded up site of a bombed out buildings that I didn't know had been bombed, Standing out side the front of my home with my sisters and parents as queen Victoria's coach came by ,so I truly believe in reincarnation
"You" will no longer exists after death but "you" will be reborn with no relation to your past self in another life on this treacherous world.
I know this is really pessimistic, but realistically, you have to work all the time to keep living. And then what is your rewards? Death. And rebirth. And time to start all over again.
So "you" cannot escape life. Death is temporary cure. One can only be cured through the noble eightfold path and enlightenment.
That is my view of the world.
I do not see any rational basis for belief in the transmigration of souls, or the karmic cycle.
On the other hand, I absolutely believe in the conservation of mass and energy.
A cow eats grass, and that mass and energy of that grass is incorporated into the cow, and the bacteria and fungus that consume the undigested matter of the cow's feces.
The cow, bacteria, and fungus are alive, therefore the matter that made up the grass (and is now part of the cow, bacteria, and fungus) is alive. This is functionally reincarnation.
The cow is subsequently slaughtered, and I and other people (and bacteria and fungus and ) eat the cow, or parts of it. The matter and energy that constitute the cow are then incorporated into those that consume it. The cow (and the grass) are functionally reincarnated.
I don't know why i believe in it. I dont even know the reason. But sometimes, the "reincarnation" things make me wonder who i am before i am today. Am i a horse or duck or a president? We never know but if you ask me, i do believe it.
I was raised catholic and went to C.C.D as a child, but even at that age I remember feeling something deep in my core that told me we never die, and never live. Creations no matter what it is never come from nothing. There's a bondage of life and energy that creates something. You have to take account of the fact that we are limited to our 5 senses. Our vision only lets us see a small portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, for example. I believe our bodies are just a holding place for that energy and life. When circumstances are right , there is creation. But again that is just my opinion.
I believe that earth is our hell and heaven all in one. Where else can you encounter such; sadness, happiness and grieve. Why I believe that I am not too sure - I just do. I remember this one day in particular and it changed my whole way of thinking. I was caught in a situation where I was surrounded with people dying. There was a older women who was a few days from death and she was so peaceful and spoke that she could not wait to see what was on the other side. All the new adventures that she had yet to encounter. Then on the other hand there was a younger person who also was close to her death - and all she could do is cry and fret with the unknown, for she did not believe in anything beyond death. To see such a contrast between the two - changed my whole life. I guess I needed to have something to believe in - I do not know. Yet, on the other hand it has brought such peace and comfort to me to believe in something after life. I thank the older women every day for what she gave me - so lets hope that there is something after life. For I would like to die in piece and comfort and not in disbelieve and horror.
I do believe in eternal life, but not necessarily reincarnation here on Earth. I'm Christian so I see Heaven as being the ultimate place you end up at for the rest of eternity. Although the evidence that I've heard in support of reincarnation is mostly people who claim to actually remember their past life. Kinda spooky to remember something like that. My mother believes in reincarnation but she believes that everytime we are reborn, we are a new species and we work our way up to the final species and that is Humans. So she believes that we've all been every other species already. She's a hypnosis, and she revealed one client to have remember a past life where they were a tree. But as for me, I'm Christian and so I don't really believe it personally but I know their are other religions that do.
With that being said, I do believe their is an afterlife for the soul. Souls are unique and to think that they come back into this world as another human sounds counter-productive. It is said that their memories get erased when they get reincarnated but that is also false. Human conscience is intertwined with memory so the soul should be able to recall its reincarnation. Unfortunately, I have no evidence and this is purely my opinion. I like to include the law of conservation of energy into this, because it states energy cannot be created or destroyed. Energy is merely transferred, and I believe it is transferred into another higher frequency, or realm. That realm being heaven or some other form of afterlife.
In my opinion all it is, is just wishful thinking. People for centuries believed these things that would happen to them after they die. The reality of the matter is that we don't know. I would be surprised if someone confronted me and said " I was a citizen in Rome in my past life" or that " I was a bull frog living in some water in my past life". For all we know, when we die, it just turns black and there is nothing for you to experience. For me, it really makes no sense to believe in reincarnation or heaven just because it makes you feel better about death. At the end of the day, there is no evidence/data, only peoples' wishful beliefs.
Because it seems absurd to me as a logical and critical thinker. I do not believe in either eternal life, life after death or reincarnation on this planet. But this is just me and I do not disapprove of other opinions. It is good to believe and have faith sometimes. It gives you courage I guess
It may sound disheartening to believe that once you're dead that's it, no more consciousness, no more existence. But the fact that we only have one life makes it that much more valuable, and worth living for the betterment of ourselves as well as others. If there is reincarnation however, I hope to be reincarnated into the past as a dinosaur. Die, be reincarnated as a bird. Die again, be reincarnated as a mammal. Die again, and be reincarnated as an ape like creature. Die again, and be reincarnated as Australopithecus. Die again, and be reincarnated as a Cro magnon. Die again, and be reincarnated as a homo-sapien. Die again, and be reincarnated as an early ancestor. Die again, and be reincarnated as myself. Die again, and be reincarnated into the past as a dinosaur.
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If you forget your previous lifetime when you come back in another form, then you've not actually lived that lifetime... Thus reincarnation loses all of the value we attribute it with anyway.
In a loose sense, reincarnation is scientifically valid - the universe contains a constant amount of energy and that same energy is re-used to create things. Most of us are built up of atoms of stars which exploded god knows how long ago. But reincarnation is supposed to be your "soul" being reborn. Not only is that not an actual 'thing', but even if it is, that's still not "you" being reborn. The soul isn't attributed with carrying memories, so even if you believe a soul just "goes somewhere" when you die, you're not being reborn, you're just giving your soul to a new person. That doesn't make it you, because you can't identify with yourself using a "soul" alone.
Without memory of our previous lives, the entire idea (plus the poetic value) of reincarnation really loses value and shouldn't even be called reincarnation - but just the standard thermodynamics of entropy, which as I explained, is simply the energy that made you up being reused.
It's one religious belief I do wish was true. Part of me hopes it is. But I can't say I believe in it. There is no evidence of any such thing as a 'soul', nor of any possibility of consciousness continuing as a whole, independent entity after the death of the brain. We know what happens to consciousness if even a small part of the brain is damaged or killed. It's not hard to speculate what effect total brain damage or death would have, as what happens when we die.
I do love it here, and I really wish I could come back and see it again. But that's not going to happen. Contrary to the comments to the left, life in fact becomes more precious when you realize it's the only one you get. It's really up to all of us to make the most of it.