This is totally random. But I was having dinner with a friend tonight and the question “what happens at the end of life?” came up. Do you just essentially never wake up and there is just nothing? Or is there some sort of reincarnation – whether that be in a dream state or your soul entering a new babies’ body?

It’s actually not a question I’ve thought about for quite some time. And, truthfully, I don’t know exactly what I believe on this topic. But I don’t believe there is “nothing” after death. I’d like to believe there is some sort of reincarnation process — but I’m not sure what form that takes. My current thought is a dream like world of some sort…

What do you think?

 


  • Andrew Mattie

    Wow, nice post to bring me out of my reader 🙂

    I think you’ve known this basically since we’ve known each other, but I’m a Christian. As such, I believe in an eternal hell and an eternal heaven. Perhaps more importantly, I believe in a truly loving God who created us and that he has a son, Jesus Christ, who sacrificed himself for our past, present, and future screw ups while he was still perfect and sinless. Through that sacrifice, we can enjoy limitless grace and go to heaven after death without having to do anything other than realize we can’t ever be “good enough,” instead simply accepting that free gift of grace.

    Without knowing your particular objection (if any) to that message, it’s hard to tailor a response short of writing a tome. As part of my passion for an excitement about that truth though, my desire is to share it with anyone who will listen. If you believed you knew about a choice we each have to make that affects what happens when we die, wouldn’t you want to share it with your friends too? That’s what brings me to write right now, and it’s what honestly excites me that you’re thinking about what comes after death.

    Anyway, many others are able to articulate that message better than I can. If you’re at all curious to learn more, I’d suggest taking a look at any of the following books.

    * If you’d like to know what makes Christianity different, read Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message.
    * For a philosophical argument, there’s no better book that I’ve read than C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity.
    * If you want an intellectual argument, The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus and The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity are awesome books.
    * For a super easy to read survey of how the Bible meshes together and what salvation is all about, check out The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus.

    Perhaps someday we’ll get a chance to talk about this in person over beers or something. There will never be any pressure though ’cause I hate pressuring more than you hate spammers 🙂

    How’s THAT for a comment?!

  • I recently read “Heaven is for Real”. It’s a short easy read that will take you all of a day.

    A 4 year old boy amazingly remembers his experience of what happens to him while on the operating room table. The innocence of a child couples with factual information that he would have never otherwise known like where his Dad was during the surgery and what his great-grandfather looked like when young (with never having met him or seen pictures of him previoiusly).

    It was thought provoking to say the least! Highly recommend it!

    http://amzn.to/l3Nd36

  • Andrew-
    you mean that wasn’t a tome? you fooled me 🙂

    Your comment demonstrates exactly why we are such good friends. Because you are passionate and actually care. As you know, I strive to surround myself with passionate people…to me, it doesn’t so much matter what that passion is so long as someone has it. Here’s a good read by Jeff Turner on the related subject of friendships – http://www.jeffturner.info/never-wrestle-pig/

    Would love to share drinks and chat. I know we won’t agree on everything, but I’m always up for a good discussion and I’m sure we’ll both come out of it with a better understanding of the other side’s perspective.

  • and yea, i really do hate spammers with vengeance. lol

  • David G

    Hi Drew,

    I also “don’t believe there is nothing.” I believe the conviction you feel is a natural awareness we all have of God. When our time here is up, we either spend eternity with Him or without Him.

    If you ever want to get deeper into this over skype, hit me up. Cheers!

    David G (whose best proof of the existence of God is the work he’s done in my life over the last few years.)