Life after death is one of the issues that remain a mystery to human beings. Science does not have a clear basis or theory that supports the idea that there is life after death. The afterlife is a concept that many people have tried to study and find elaborate answers to no avail. Scientists and other scholars have been able to make tremendous progress in dealing with many other issues that face human life such as diseases, protection against natural calamities and the likes. However, dealing with or doing away with death has remained an impossible task for mankind. The only valid explanation of the existence of life after death is in believing a religious concept such as Christianity. Christian faith holds the fact that the human soul continues to live after the dead of a person (Meyer 104).
Christian faith holds the fact that human beings die but their souls and spirit continue to live thereafter. Based on the scriptures from the Bible, Christians belief that there is heaven where the souls and spirits of those who believed in Jesus Christ live after they die. Heaven is a spiritual place where all people who have been saved by Jesus Christ live after they die. Those who die without believing in Jesus Christ and repenting their sins in order to be delivered from evil things go to hell. Heaven and hell are therefore spiritual worlds where the souls and spirits of people who die reside. It is believed that the soul and the spirit of a person do not cease to exist once they die but live on in another world (Meyer 104).
It is also noted that people who die are aware of their environment and even have the memory of the life they lead while they lived on Earth. The memory of all the things they ever did and the experiences they had in this life go with them. According to the Christian faith, the memory of all that the individuals did remains with them after they die for they are charged according to those deeds. If a person did good things and lived a life that is according to the word of God, their deeds follow them when they die. Through their good deeds, they are rewarded accordingly by entering heaven to live in the presence of God with holy angels and other beings. Those who did bad and immoral things and never had a chance to repent of their evil ways end up in hell where there is torment. It is indicated that hell is a spiritual world of torment where there is fire that burns the souls and spirits of those people who lived wicked lives on Earth (Meyer 105).
However, different denominations in Christians have different views concerning life after death. There are those who belief in the existence of heaven and hell. Besides heaven and hell, there are other Christians such as Catholics who belief in the existence of purgatory. There is yet another denomination which believes in the existence of Sheol as well as Limbo. All these places are given in the Bible which denotes the world where the spirits and souls who die physically reside. According to the Bible, there is a provision of the places where souls and spirits continue to live after the physical body is separated from them through death. It also points out that the souls and spirits of the dead continue to experience life the very way human beings experience it on Earth (Meyer 105).
In the Christian faith, there is also another concept of afterlife known as reincarnation. This means that a person may die but their soul will be available to another person when they are born. That person leads a completely different life from the one the previous one lived. The soul of such a person is reincarnated in another body and lives as an independent entity. However, some aspects and characteristics found in the person who died may feature in the incarnated individual. The reason why such a person may lead a different life is because of the influence of the immediate environment and the timeline. There are a few people the Bible notes that their souls were reincarnated on others such as Elijah the prophet whose spirit was reincarnated in John the Baptist. The Christian faith holds on these concepts for the existence of life after death (Meyer 109).
Nevertheless, there are other religions such as Buddhism that belief that when human beings die, their souls separate with their bodies and get reincarnated on other beings in another lifetime. These beings may be other human beings or animals. Therefore, the souls of human beings never cease to exist but live on in different bodies at different lifetimes. Buddhism does not belief in the existence of a spiritual world such as heaven and Earth. Instead, Buddhism holds the view that a person’s soul migrates from one body to another on earth. Therefore, the afterlife is still on Earth. The difference between the person who dies and the one who lives after them is that they never remember their life before. Hence, they lead a totally different life from the previous one (Meyer 110).
Additionally, some religious sects in Christianity believe that people live in eternity in the state with which they died. For instance, an infant will remain in an infant state after death in a place known as Limbo. In this place, all the virtuous souls that died before Jesus Christ and those who died before they are baptized live there. Christians believe that the souls of people, who died before hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ such as infants, deserve no punishment. Therefore, they cannot go to heaven or hell but must wait in a spiritual world known as Limbo until the Day of Judgment. The judgment day will be a time when they will be presented with the choice of baptism before they are categorized as qualified to go to heaven or hell (Meyer 110).
In addition, the concept of afterlife is based purely on believing the doctrines found in the respective religions. There is no reliable way that an individual will be able to establish the validity of life after death. The interpretations of scripts from the holy books such as the Quran, the Bible and others confirm the existence of life after death. More precisely, the story of Jesus Christ dying and resurrecting after three days is evidence found in the Bible about life after death. The fact that Jesus Christ died and resurrected gives Christians faith that one does not cease to exist after they die. The body stops to operate but the soul leaves to another realm. The Bible also holds the view that all people will be resurrected on the judgment day in order to be judged according to their deeds. This is evidence that indicates that the souls do not cease to live after the physical death but they reside in a spiritual realm awaiting that Day of Judgment (Meyer 112).
Nonetheless, some scientists have also pointed out the fact that the human soul is an independent entity that has all the senses that a human being has. This is based on the fact that some patients have reported having different experiences when they are in a stance state or in a comma. They momentarily do not experience those things in their physical bodies but in their spiritual ones. They give the evidence of what they encounter out of their bodies which are extraordinary things that are beyond human imaginations. The evidences show that those experiences are not hallucinations but out of body encounters with the spirit realm. Therefore, there is life after death since the soul does not die but keeps on living though in another realm (Meyer 112).
In summary, the concept of life after death exists in many religious sects. Christianity upholds this fact by basing their belief on the scriptures found in the Bible. The stories in the Bible are the ones in which Christians base their belief. Christianity and other religious sects such as Islam hold to the concept that there is life after death and that the soul and the spirit will continue to live after the physical death.
Meyer, John C. Christian beliefs and teachings. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1997. Print.