Doug Groothuis stated, “Our culture is very interested in life after death. You think of the interest in near-death experiences, in attempting to communicate with spirit guides or higher beings, or I think some of the interest in extraterrestrial life is really rooted in a desire to transcend the limitations of this life.” Do you agree with Doug Groothuis’ statement? Why or why not? Can you think of other theories that speak to the human need to survive death? What are they? Why are those views held?

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      Greer
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      Yes, I agree. Everyone is afraid because we cannot escape our death on this planet and so we want to know where we will be going. And if Christ is not at the center of your life, you will look for other ways to find answers and still you are unsatisfied after seeing those. I have seen some people say there os nothing, we just go unconsious and that is it. Seems like they are trying to conquer their fear, when they, if they faollwed Christ, could have it all

    • #95327778
      Ashleigh
      Participant

      I think when people don’t have a solid foundation to base their thoughts on life after death, they grasp at anything they can.

    • #95321315
      Natasha
      Participant

      I agree with his statement because it seems we humans are always searching for meaning in our lives, and we all seem to have an innate fear of death, of ceasing to exist and a will to continue an existing. Reincarnation, cryogenix, mummification and ancestral spirit worship are other theories that speak to the human need and desire to cheat death. I believe these views are held for the same reason all life beyond death views or held, our desire to exist for all eternity.

    • #95313810
      Gwyn
      Participant

      I agree with Groothuis’s statement, suggesting that people are interested in life after death or extraterrestrial life because they have a desire to transcend the limits of this life. I agree with this because this is one of the places I’ve observed non-believers turn when they are trying to process the meaning of life. Specifically, I’m thinking about the idea of reincarnation. It’s okay to die, because we will all come back again as something else and live infinite lives.
      Through my faith in Jesus Christ, I do not believe in reincarnation or other theories, but it is something I’ve observed.

    • #95309523
      Martine
      Participant

      I do ageree with Mr. Groothuis. People are interested in life after death because we want to know that this was all worth it and there has to be more. I believe in God’s word when he says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” John 14:1-4.
      With that I am comforted and will see my loved ones who has gone before me. We should all take comfort in His words!

    • #95307823
      Frank
      Participant

      I do not believe other theories about death except when you die in christ you have hundred percent to live with him in heaven, our culture is very interested in life after death because they think there’s another life out of this atmosphere but reality is that we die because this place isn’t ours we are as passenger so anytime we leave to our father in heaven it’s better to prepare our life before.

    • #95305376
      Ingrid
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      I got really sick on my birthday this past January. I had COVID really bad and was not expected to survive. I had to say goodbye to my husband and I said good bye to my boys in my head. I was ready to meet Jesus, but still asked him to not let them suffer too long after I was gone. I knew in my heart that I would see Jesus that evening. I was okay to go then and I felt that all was well with my soul. Needless to say, God saw it fit for me to live. Now people ask me if I experienced anything from the after life. I have to say that all I remember is a dream and music. The dream I still think about, but the music I remember was the music the nurses played 24/7 during my 3 months coma. I do believe in the after life, but I do realize that others want reassurance and proof that there is one. I believe that when faith is strong, no proof is needed. There is a fear of the unknown and I believe that is what drives people to seek other ways and hypothesis about heaven and hell. When someone seeks earthly immortality, is because they fear their faith may be the wrong one.

      • #95321318
        Natasha
        Participant

        Your story warmed my heart & brought tears of joy. I’m sorry that you & your family have suffered so much due to this wicked pandemic. I am happy to hear that God saw you through the illness. I’m thanking God for the miracle He performed for you. May God continue to bless you & your family. I
        Your sister in Christ,
        Natasha Mawhinney

    • #95303565
      Carol
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      Being raised a christian, I never wondered about life after death because I always believed in heaven and hell as the bible said. I think that people are interested in other options because A. they don’t know God, B. because there is not concrete facts about life after death, it’s easier to imagine other possibilities, C. other possibilities mean that they do not need to live a God-lead life and they can live as they want because there may be ways around Heaven/Hell.

    • #95297534
      Virginia
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      There is also the theory of reincarnation. That you come back to earth as someone or something else because of a lesson you may not have learned in a previous life. This may be an over simplification of this theory, but Hebrews 9:27 refutes it. People may hold this view because want a hope in a second chase at fixing mistakes that they have made in their current life. However if they understood forgiveness in Christ and His handling of our sins, they might seek Him and receive His peace.

    • #95294079
      Cory
      Participant

      I do there are many religions and belief that say they can transcend death. Some people are obsessed with death and look for ways to defeat it on their own

    • #95288757
      Lee
      Participant

      Some people when faced with their own, or someone else’s death they become filled with emotions or feelings. A common emotion is anger about the death, and why God would allow it to happen. You have to remember God has a plan for everyone, and the death of any will effect you. God tests us through this trial to trust him and believe that he has a plan for them. Now, if you are facing death you still have to believe in God to protect and guide the ones you love, and know that you are still being used by God. To me that would make me be at peace to know that I’m still doing His work.

    • #95287915
      Wade
      Participant

      Yes, our culture is interested in life after death, because they think there is another life out in space. No, because as a Christian when I die, I know that I’m going to heaven. If you are a Christian you know where your going after death, so we don’t believe in all the other theories.

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