Of all the afterlifes that various philosophies claim the existence of, and which one do you believe in?
Unfortunately there's no way of knowing what awaits. We can only choose to believe what our own background teaches, reject it, or search for an alternative.
As a Christian, I was brought up believing in Heaven
. As a small child, I came to resent the fact that you can't Take a Third Option
. However, I came to the conclusion that the reason there are only two choices is because in The Bible
offers mankind, through Jesus Christ, a choice of rejecting or accepting his offer of salvation. To be in Hell
is to have rejected God
. An eternity of knowing that God exists, but he's given up on you. Heaven
is to accept God. If God is the incorpeal embodiment of love, then (ideally) to be in Heaven is to be surrounded by God's love, believers who love god, and one's own loved ones. Hell is to be alone and empty, with no one to love you.
While Christianity teaches that non-Christians go to Hell, to paraphrase Billy Graham, it is not up to Christians to decide who goes to heaven and who goes to Hell, it is up to God. And as someone else once said, there are going to be a lot of surprised people in both Heaven and Hell. Hell, because they are now in a place they believed did not exist; Heaven, because of who else got in.
I do not know if it is our place to attempt to delve any further into what the afterlife might hold, but there are witnesses who say they've been allowed a glimse of the afterlife. While I question these accounts, I found Howard Storm's account
to be fairly compelling.
Also, a few hours before my grandmother's death, she told the nurse, who told my mother, that she had seen a boat coming for her in a dream. There was space for 20 people, and there was one empty seat left.
Which one sounds best to you?
Not really sure, but perhaps a heaven that was more like reincarnation, so that to use the OP's analogy, Real Life
is like watching an R - rated movie that has moments of being very dark, and moments of comedy; Hell is like watching the credits, and Heaven is like watching a G - rated movie, maybe. And it would be cool if Hell isn't necessarily forever, and maybe the people in Heaven could do something to help them.
In fictional terms, I'm thinking something like What Dreams May Come
Are they the same?
Not necessarily. But not exclusive to each other either.
edited 10th Dec '11 8:55:12 PM by FrodoGoofballCoTV