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Offline creme anglais

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Re: Afterlife?
« Reply #50 on: Sat, 2005-04-16, 22:22:42 »
Well Noel Coward said.....
"Of course there are no guarentees that the next life will be any less exasperating than this one"

I do believe in an afterlife, and come to that a previous one (or two...) however by the time we find out the truth I guess it will be far to late to post on the forum and let you know the definitive answer!!! ;D

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Re: Afterlife?
« Reply #51 on: Sun, 2005-04-17, 19:54:54 »
It's easy to believe in a Creator when life is going smoothly, but tis a much harder thing to have faith when everything  seems to be going wrong around us.  But ironically, that's when we have the greatest need for something to believe in.
Interesting observation...I've always found it to be the other way around...easy to pray and ask for help when the tiot has hit the fan...but when everything is running smoothly, doesn't one tend to forget to "thank" whatever deity one believes in...?
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Re: Afterlife?
« Reply #52 on: Sun, 2005-04-17, 21:51:01 »
Melo,

I'll pose you this question: From where do you derive your sense of right and wrong?

Xantuary,


Man is an animal - and has an instinct just as all animals do about what is right for "the pack".  A code of laws developed from this instinct. The code of laws were attributed to god - but are really just sensible guidelines to allow man to live in the pack. My sense of right and wrong stems from that; as does yours. We are not born with it - we learn it along the way.

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Re: Afterlife?
« Reply #53 on: Sun, 2005-04-17, 22:16:49 »
My first post here (take it for what it's worth)... ;)

First of all i'm an atheist. Personally i don't believe in a god or a higher being, but since i can't prove my stance i leave the question open. About religion: i'm tempted to follow Melo's arguments but i can't agree completely. To me religion is not completely evil; it's just very paradoxal. Someone mentioned Jesus (one of my "idols" or "examples" i must admit) had problems with religion. I think that is very true. If he would live in our own society, some religious people would probably kill him again. That's why i think religion is paradoxal, but not completely evil (Jesus and people who really walk in his footstep aren't IMO).

Personally i don't practise religion, and i don't ever feel the need to do so (on the contrary). But i can understand some people do, and - as long as they leave other people free in their choice to practise or not to practise a religion - i don't see anything evil in it. The fact catholic church doesn't allow women to become priests for example: i think it's their own business. Personally i don't care if they think so, but that's reason enough for me to choose not to be "part of the club". The stance of catholic church about condoms and thus the spreading of HIV is worse: here they're interfering with people's personal life and death, and that's truly evil IMO (and in fact none of their business).

I agree completely with one thing Melo said though:
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Yeah, we all seem to forget that sometimes... ;D

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Re: Afterlife?
« Reply #54 on: Sun, 2005-04-17, 22:32:23 »
Well, well, well if it ain't me darling Bill??? Now when in all these years have you agreed me with completely???  ;D

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Re: Afterlife?
« Reply #55 on: Sun, 2005-04-17, 22:35:43 »
Well, well, well if it ain't me darling Bill??? Now when in all these years have you agreed me with completely???  ;D
LOL ... i can't remember. ;D

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Re: Afterlife?
« Reply #56 on: Sun, 2005-04-17, 22:44:44 »
But about the initial question...

Personally i believe an afterlife is very possible, and maybe even probable. Near-death experiences suggest there could be something afterlife. How on earth can someone giving very detailed descriptions of something while being in a coma? OK, for noises, smells ... but for the colour of a dress while the patient's eyes are closed??

Many well-documented scientifical research has been done on near-death experiences and - so far - no proof has ever been given of an afterlife (since nobody has ever returned from there), but some people's stories are so fascinating and so detailed i personally think there must be at least something. Obviously IF there is something, it must be a one-way ticket.

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Re: Afterlife?
« Reply #57 on: Mon, 2005-04-18, 18:51:11 »
Personally i don't practise religion

Practise, practice...let's call the whole thing off...   ;D
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Re: Afterlife?
« Reply #58 on: Sun, 2005-04-24, 14:28:50 »
Interesting observation...I've always found it to be the other way around...easy to pray and ask for help when the tiot has hit the fan...but when everything is running smoothly, doesn't one tend to forget to "thank" whatever deity one believes in...?

What I meant was that when our faith is tested, ie, our lives don't run smoothly, then  we are tempted to think that there isn't a God, or that he/she's not listening to us.  And also true that when things are all happy and jolly, we all too often do forget to be thankful for what we have.  So both statements are valid really.
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Re: Afterlife?
« Reply #59 on: Sun, 2005-04-24, 18:57:29 »
What I meant was that when our faith is tested, ie, our lives don't run smoothly, then  we are tempted to think that there isn't a God, or that he/she's not listening to us.  And also true that when things are all happy and jolly, we all too often do forget to be thankful for what we have.  So both statements are valid really.

I find it difficult to relate to, am afraid.

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« Reply #60 on: Wed, 2005-05-25, 13:38:50 »
Hi,

i think there is a afterlife  ;) hhhmmmm take a look at my Renderosity Page there is a Picture called EndofLife
this is my vision from the End of our Life  ;D

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Re: Afterlife?
« Reply #61 on: Wed, 2005-05-25, 13:45:29 »
Hi,

i think there is a afterlife  ;) hhhmmmm take a look at my Renderosity Page there is a Picture called EndofLife
this is my vision from the End of our Life  ;D

In that case, it'd be better not to have an afterlife, right...
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« Reply #62 on: Sun, 2005-07-24, 18:17:55 »
The term "afterlife" suggests that are only two lifes: a llfe and an afterlife. Sorry, but that seems to be pure nonsense. Either you are a materialist and do only believe in what you can see or touch or  you believe that this world is spiritual world. Either way there's no room for an afterlife. Religion, in my opinion, is a barrier in your mind, something that stops you in midflight. There are no gods, neither Christian, Islamic or whatever. But from the experiences I've made I can ruled out that this world is material. All of our greatest philosophers will agree.  I summon Plato, Kant, (the much underrated) Schopenhauer, Wittgenstein, Lao-zi and Chuang-zi as witnesses. They all more or less agreed that we make up this world in our minds, it has no reality of itself. Edgar Allan Poe, the greatest poet that has ever lived, put it this way: All that we seem or see / is but a dream within a dream.
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Re: Afterlife?
« Reply #63 on: Sat, 2005-07-30, 13:41:32 »
I kind of get where Oddball is coming from, although I do believe in the concept of an afterlife. 

In a way, since each person perceives the universe, themself and all related memories from a unique view point, everyone does create their own version of the world.  That's why an incident can be re-told by two different people and each account of the same incident will vary according to who's story we listen to.

Linking up with Oddball's thread on the media, there's another example.  One publication's reporting of an incident may focus on a different angle to another. Tis all part of the same kind of thing, human experience in its richness and variety.

So who's to say which view of the world is right?  The answer is there is no correct point of  view, or they are all correct.  Tis the same thing really! 
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Re: Afterlife?
« Reply #64 on: Tue, 2005-09-20, 05:49:36 »
I thought this thread was going to possibly be about the song 'In my Afterlife' from  our favorite lead singer from Dream Theatre!    It is indeed a great song!  I always have to play it twice when I play it. :-*



My feelings are pretty much along the lines of Xantuary's, Melo's and some others.  There is SOMETHING after this life.  Energy begats energy.  Life is energy.  The only thing is, human's are the only creatures on the planet who do not live in harmony with nature. Extremly controlling and so fearful of being out of control that they have to manufacture a belief system of what an after death would be, and of course that God would be in human form.  With warnings of unbelievers loseing their ticket into heaven.

Anyway, yes, there is something, but I'd rather leave it up for nature's interpretation and keep an open mind about what it will be.  I do feel however that there are other beings than us out there in the universe.  That is for sure.  Not because I believe it, but I feel it.  Not to mention there is so much evidence that would point to the possibility.



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Re: Afterlife?
« Reply #65 on: Wed, 2005-10-05, 16:10:17 »
I think there are many questions that we can't answer (yet), maybe there is something 'above' but there are to few clues to let your life be influenced by that possibility.
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« Reply #66 on: Wed, 2005-10-05, 16:22:24 »
@vdWoude: But not everybody thinks that the "clues" are just that and are certaily not few.

@Saryna: I don't believe that God has a human form, or anything like that. It's just that people have to identify with God somehow, and since we're human, we compare God to us. (Shame english isn't my native tongue, I can't really explain what I mean :( )

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« Reply #67 on: Wed, 2005-10-05, 17:03:55 »
@vdWoude: But not everybody thinks that the "clues" are just that and are certaily not few.

@Saryna: I don't believe that God has a human form, or anything like that. It's just that people have to identify with God somehow, and since we're human, we compare God to us. (Shame english isn't my native tongue, I can't really explain what I mean :( )

My English isn't to good to, but it'll do.

That's why you can't really relie on 'clues,' they are different for everybody. (I haven't had weird experiences or things like that, but not all of my questions are answered yet) And the clues that I know, never give a precise direction. I was raised in a christian enviroment, but I thought about it many times and I came to the conclusion that it's not a very moral system to treat people, especially in the light of judgement day. A discussion about this subject shouldn't do much good I think, as I already stated in the topic 'beliefs' I opened. (I have to say, christianity is a belief that does a lot more good than harm.)

I think when people think about the question if there is something above there, they always think of something intelligent, and because humans are intelligent to, (sort of  ;D) they tend to think of a god that is like us. But I keep the possibility of other intelligent lifeforms in the universe open, and maybe they look very different than we do, so a god could look different to.
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« Reply #68 on: Wed, 2005-10-05, 22:08:13 »
Still, I see your clues as signs. And while I'm on the road, I can't see my journeys end. I will only see it when I get there. I just keep on following the signs given to me as best as I can and believe that they will lead me to the place I want to be. (The afterlife.)

Since we are all different we al get different signs and we all interpret those signs differently. That's why there are different beliefs even within christianity there are a lot of differences.

But this is getting waaaay offtopic ;)

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Re: Afterlife?
« Reply #69 on: Wed, 2005-10-05, 22:28:30 »
But this is getting waaaay offtopic ;)
But Reaaallly interesting too. ;)
What Christianity you're from Appelmoes??
I'm "Christelijk Gereformeerd".

Okay maybe we should get back on topic indeed. :D

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« Reply #70 on: Thu, 2005-10-06, 06:54:51 »
Applemoes.....Who is Charlie D?  I was talking about James LaBrie. :)

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« Reply #71 on: Thu, 2005-10-06, 17:57:25 »


Since we are all different we al get different signs and we all interpret those signs differently. That's why there are different beliefs even within christianity there are a lot of differences.

But this is getting waaaay offtopic ;)

I agree with what you are saying, Appelmoes.  And even though English is not your native language I think you put ideas in a very understandable way so I wouldn't worry about that.
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Re: Afterlife?
« Reply #72 on: Sat, 2005-12-24, 18:34:57 »
Well I for one believe in God, and therefore Heaven and Hell. I may be one of the few, but mind you, the Bible says that a lot of people won't believe.... Anyho, its not a matter of "good guy, bad guy"; its about whether you know what you do is wrong, and honestly are sorry for it, and try to live a better life.

But wouldn't it be kinda funny if Death came up to you and said, "ERM, EXCUSE ME, ARE YOU READY NOW?" like in Terry Pratchett!  ;D

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« Reply #73 on: Sat, 2005-12-24, 19:57:16 »
But wouldn't it be kinda funny if Death came up to you and said, "ERM, EXCUSE ME, ARE YOU READY NOW?" like in Terry Pratchett!  ;D
Death in The Sims 2 is funny to. He has a mobile phone, and after someone dies, he makes a call up to check if someone has been good or bad ;D

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« Reply #74 on: Thu, 2005-12-29, 13:52:40 »
Death in The Sims 2 is funny to. He has a mobile phone, and after someone dies, he makes a call up to check if someone has been good or bad ;D

And after that, calling for a taxi upstairs?  ;D

Well, i'm not a religious type of guy (not officially that is), but i think that there's more that just this. Maybe it's a thought that soothes the soul, but i can't imagine that after heart stops, it's simply over.

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