what are peoples thoughts on death, the afterlife etc. as an atheist although I don't believe in God, I still have curiosity about what when we die. It just very interesting thing to me sense I notice it in every culture, some cultures celebrate actual lives of people whom pasted whether than dwell on the person's death etc. That personified force thought out the ages leaves people with profound looks of fear, hope, mystery, bewilderment, etc. I often think sometimes if there is a physical force called God then maybe it is death itself, that which moves one person from one state of being to another. Some believe death to be an angel of God if that person is Catholic. I think the innate human psyche wonders about death because we have innate familiarity with it even if we don't even know it. In every culture there is an ideology of reincarnation( transmigration) in which we are always reborn. In Buddhist thought the goal was to escape samsara ( transmigration) and reach nirvana. This is question for atheists/agnostics, theists etc. What are your personal thoughts are about death, how has it shaped either your perception of reality, etc.
The discussion both a philosophical one and on Death and afterlife, because I find it really interesting as the cultural opinions evolve. From the birth of Christ to the death of Christ it very interesting regardless whether it happen exactly how the bible says it does, but beyond that the ideology of god-man Homo-Deus is fascinating to me as I am a Gnostic therefore although I don't believe in the biblical interpretation of Jesus Christ I believe that he may have truly existed at one time or another and his teachings were passed down orally as legends. The Legend of Christ ( the anointed one) seems to be in every culture, Greeks, Egyptians, Sumerians, etc. It is unlikely these cultures ever meet, but if they did although they differ in some ideas the all agree in tragic play. the Greek word tragedy refers to a story about the down fall of a once Hero. In the case of Gnosticism and Catholicism the story of Jesus the Christ of Nazareth. Whatever the true teaching of Christianity was it is lost to time, but the Homo-Deus has always fascinated me. The contradiction within God is what fascinates me the most as it is excellently described in the Gospel of Thunder which is a Gnostic gospel . The Gnostics dealt more with teachings of Jesus, rather than worship of Him and what they have to say is very interesting because Early Christianity was an orthopraxy, before proto-orthodoxy took control.
Christianity I believe was very a Hermetic, Essenoi philosophy, eastern philosophy, Egyptian philosophy, other things is what comprised of the esoteric religion that was Christianity. This spirituality was a deeper connection towards the Pleroma ( Fullness) it not like today's understanding of it but it is something very essential. It was believed by early Christianity to what lies after one has pasted.
Very interesting question , and I have spent many years looking , I studied that of reincarnation as well as many religious beliefs that have be generated from one generation to another , and I have listened to many opinions as well as read of the dear death experiences , in the process asking why ? why us ? and why this planet ? why only this civilization ? and how did people really expect to live for ever, or what we call immortality . and rather then turn to all the religions in the world I expanded my search to that of science and of human anadem, and of course this soul [ spirit ], that lives within each of us or that which we have all been taught . but does it ? and I have contacted scientists , and of course we can not get a straight answer from them, because we find so many that don't wish to disrupt religion and belief systems , so they in turn allow man to go on pondering these things . now according to science , their is no life after the brain dies , and if we believe the creationists , we are the elements, combined with all elements of earth . and if we believe in the Christian version, then we were created by a creator , one that is well hidden from us . and if we turn to the oldest texts found aliens did it . but as for life after death ? with all these stories that still linger about creation , and not much other then concocted stories or people who lived in duress and wished for immortality . perhaps these were stories so that when ones we love pass away, it was developed to give comfort ? In my logic mind , I see and fill , no life after death , but from a spiritual point of view my self still rissoles with this question , and it cant be answered, even after death , but why earth ? why us ? and what's so special about us ? that we would be immortal ?
It is really interesting thing, everyone's responses were all very interesting.