Does the idea of reincarnation or heaven and hell make more sense?
There are so many mysteries out there. It is natural for people to "make-up" Heaven and Hell as a way to calm them in life, so when somebody hurts them they can think "well, when that person goes to Hell they will regret what they did to me." Or it could very well be true to. I personally believe in reincarnation because it makes so much more sense to me. It's hard for me to believe that a God who loves us will send us to Hell for stupid mistakes. "Hell" actually comes from the Greek word "Hel" which simply means "away from the light". Preists started making "Hell" sound worse and worse because people were "sinning" more and they feared they would leave Christianity. There are two main emotions that humans have and they are love and fear.The fear of going to Hell and the love for your family and fearing not to see them in heaven combines to create the Hell fearing God fearing religion of (really strong) Christianity (very very strong Christianity not to insult anybody). I am still a Christian and I go to church but it's very hard for me to believe in a cruel God. I believe in Christianity, (especially) Native American, Eastern, the Jewish story and much more. I am very open and love learning new things. You should really look up Karma (Bhuddism) and Native Americans beliefs, I live by them day by day. My advise to you and to anybody who may be reading this is to follow your heart and listen to what it's telling you. Only YOU know. Everything that I have just said was in MY personal opinion, I don't want to offend anybody because we are all allowed to believe what we choose.
Apparently some Christians continued to believe in reincarnation even after the Council of Nicaea, because in A.D. 553 the Church found the need to single out reincarnation and condemn it explicitly. At the Second Council of Constantinople the concept of reincarnation, bundled together with other ideas under the term "pre-existence of the soul", was decreed to be a crime worthy of excommunication and damnation ("anathema"):
I like a previous answer that hell is the absence of light. Light is awareness. Heaven on earth can be produced by bringing forth into the conscious mind the spirit of the superconscious mind which houses the blue print for us to become whole. Hell is what we create for ourselves by doing otherwise. Heaven or hell is not some far off place at some other time. It is now. We initiate with our intention to seek first the kingdom of heaven and this is within.
Reincarnation is necessary because we must come to an understanding of the 144,000 parts of ourselves, or ways of thinking. Can anyone imagine doing all this in one lifetime?
According to the Bible hell is a place of torment forever removed from God's presence. Reincarnation is forbidden, "For it is appointed once for man to die, then the judgment" and Heaven is God's dwelling place and only he decides how you must qualify to go there.
Now if man was their own god then perhaps they could choose what "existence" they would have after death, however GOD is the one that created the "spirit realm" and governs it his way.
Since "eternity" wasn't created by man but GOD then I will accept GOD'S answer over man's.
Men ARE they're own god.... And we DO choose which existence we choose to actualize into physical reality..... So not only is there reincarnation, but multiple INCARNATIONS...... Many different aspects of our soul focused in different areas....
There is no evidence from the texts or normal observation that reincarnation exists. I think the reason for making up this theory was that human can't simply get the fact that when his body decays and becomes earth again (transforms into its 1ry components which are then reused by plants in the normal life circle) that his very 1ry components could be collected again to bring him back to life after death, or because man believes that his soul and body are one compartment and can't be separated apart, so he assumed that every part of his decayed body carries part of his soul as well.
Without the Quranic scriptures I woldn't get the understanding of this whole issue.
According to what I got from the Quran, man consists of a physical body and a soul, a soul of his own, that soul was present there befor the man's birth, Allah brought all the soules before Him and witnessed them that He is their only God.., they were then preserved there to be placed in bodies when time comes for them to come to life..
172. And (remember) when thy Lord brought forth from the Children of Adam, from their reins, their seed, and made them testify of themselves, (saying): Am I not your Lord ? They said: Yea, verily. We testify. (That was) lest ye should say at the Day of Resurrection: Lo! of this we were unaware;
173. Or lest ye should say: (It is) only (that) our fathers ascribed partners to Allah of old and we were (their) seed after them. Wilt Thou destroy us on account of that which those who follow falsehood did ?
when human gets sleep, his soul is partly taken out of his body, so some see visions that may come true in real life for they have clear transparent souls, and this is why we should wake the sleeping person calmly, otherwise it would affect his internal organs, and weakens his heart.
42. Allah receiveth (men's) souls at the time of their death, and that (soul) which dieth not (yet) in its sleep. He keepeth that (soul) for which He hath ordained death and dismisseth the rest till an appointed term. Lo! herein verily are portents for people who take thought.
As for the 1st answer, I'd like to make a comment.. it's God's justice that obliges questioning every human for all he did, small or big, all is being written in files, but being questioned means punishment, coz when God forgives, He never asks. But, concerning faults done towards others, God would bring the two conflicting humans and urge both to forgive each others and win extra place in heaven, but if this was a big sin, like killing, or accusation of prostitute... etc, the doer of such sins will pay for them some of his good deeds as a price to the other party, but if his good deeds didn't fulfil that price, the remainder would be some bad deeds of the other party to be added to his, that means his fortune of good deeds is out, he'd then dwell to Hell.
All precisely weighed, Subhan Allah!
The idea that resurrection isn't possible isn't a new one. It was something which was even challenged by the Arabs of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) time. Quran addresses this issue in various ways. Firstly it asks man with a counter question? To give you an example;
Have they not seen that God, Who created the heavens and the earth and was not wearied by their creation, is able to give life to the dead? Surely He has power over every-thing. (46:33)
Does man think that he will be left to himself uncontrolled (without purpose)? Was he not a drop of fluid which gushed forth? Then he became a clinging clot; then He shaped and fashioned, and made of him a pair, the male and female. Is He then not able to raise the dead to life? (75:36-40)
It reminds humans that you were created from a drop of semen, it ask us to reflect as to what is a more difficult process, creating you from a drop of semen or giving you life when you were dead or just collecting all the remains (minerals, bones etc) and bringing you back into life again.
Aha. You are very clever to ask such a subtle trick question. Neither reincarnation nor heaven/hell make any sense at all, and that is a crucial point, for both people of faith and for skeptics and non-believers in general. Such concepts belong to a realm that is outside of 'sense'; they are not nor can they be part of our sensory or experiential world. They belong to the realm of faith which is unassailable from the point of view of believers, and irrelevant/unprovable from the point of view of non-believers. These concepts are part of the unseen things hoped for by believers; the essence of faith. If they were provable, and they are certainly not, then faith would be utterly meaningless.
For time immemorial mankind want to find answers for the unanswered questions. Relegions had come forward and tried to provide an answers to such questions. All relegions are started/ by humans intellegent, Charisnatic and Great people ( though almost all claim that they have reveleation from GOD). To all such questions the answer is all powerful, all pervasive GOD. It fills the gap. But it does not satisfies the intellegent mind.So it was natural to show some kind fear and reward( Carrot and stick) . Hell and heaven are these carrot and stick. When asked for proof the answer invariably in all the relegions more or less is " Those who have faith (The Believers) do not question and those who do not have faith (Non Believer) will never get the answer".
I think that it would be a bit of both, because I believe in god and stuff but I don't believe that you could stay in one place for all eternity, because even if you did everything possible to do there it would only be a fraction of a percent of your time there. I think that when you die you get punished for your sins or rewarded for your goodness but when your time is right you return to earth again to keep the cycle growing. You see, if you believe that you have a soul, like many people do, then it would be an energy, which couldn't be destroyed OR created, so you have probably lead many lives before this both in heaven, hell and on earth.
In my opinion, reincarnation makes much more sense. On the other hand, I don't disbelieve in Heaven and Hell. Instead, I believe in a bit of a combination of the two. The idea of karma determining what your next life is like helps this idea, because it would make sense that those who build up a large amount of bad karma spend their next life in a different plane containing "Hell", and if they complete the reincarnation cycle you end up in "Heaven". On the other hand, the Christian/other major religions idea of Heaven and Hell makes less sense, giving you one lifetime to live as you should and if you don't, you are doomed to an eternity of suffering in hell
Well, I bet to Hindus reincarnation. and to Christians (and many other religions) Heaven and Hell. Neither can be proved by science, so neither make much sense. but I like the idea of going to Heaven better than being reincarnated. I mean, I've been on this world once, and once is enough for me. I like the thought of going to someplace so much better than earth better than living on earth again and again.
There's some questions you'll never get the answer for, just believe in what your heart tells you. Also, not to make the last reply sound incorrect(everyone is entitled to there own opinion)but he/she said, "because even if you did everything possible to do there it would only be a fraction of a percent of your time there". Think more positive, like maybe there is an unlimited amount of things to do. If you believe in god then believe that he's active and in positive ways.
Which number is bigger: 100 trillion trillion trillion, or 100 trillion trillion trillion plus one? One number might in fact be bigger, but does the difference mean anything at all? Neither of these approaches to life/death makes much sense at all; if there is any difference in sense it is meaningless. It is a matter of faith, and what you have been taught, what you believe, what you have experienced in life and what you hope for. But if you are looking for something 'sensible', these choices will not do it.
Heaven and Hell, according to the most Biblically-based Christian beliefs, indicate that after death, there are two possible destinations. Either a person's soul goes to join with God, or it doesn't.
Consider the Bible also teaches that each man and woman's soul comes from God, and it seems rather simple to say that the soul comes from God, lives on Earth, then returns to the immaterial super-nature from which it came. It's a single round trip, so to speak.
Reincarnation, according to some Eastern religious beliefs, suggests that a soul starts life as an insect or other tiny creature. It lives and dies, then either moves to a more sophisticated creature or a more humiliating creature, depending on how it lived its life. Eventually, the purest souls are incarnated as humans. If they die having lived a good enough life, they make the final move up to whatever is next. Theories vary, but generally it's a land of gods or pure joy or nirvana or other places that'd be nice to be.
The prospect of Heaven and Hell rely, essentially, on how God deals with His creation (much like how a parent deals with an unruly child).
The prospect of reincarnation rely on the assumption that all souls are trying to better themselves out of some forgotten but instinctually necessary desire to move up in the cosmic ladder of goodness.
Or, to put it in a much simpler way, reincarnation assumes people are generally good while Christianity acknowledges that people are inherently bad.
So look at the world- all of it, from love to hate to greed to selflessness- and decide. Are most people good or bad at heart?
The concept of heaven and hell, as well as reincarnation, both make sense and both exist.
Most early Christians actually believed in reincarnation. An early Christian leader in the third century named Origen espoused it. In the sixth century, the head of the Christian Church was Emperor Justinian, who could and did overrule the papacy. Pope Vigilius and Emperor Justinian had a disagreement as to whether the teachings of Origen should be part of official Christian theology. Justinian condemned Origen, had Pope Vigilius arrested and put in jail for refusing to sign a papal decree condemning Origen's teaching on reincarnation, and ordered all references of reincarnation omitted from the Bible - including an entire chapter devoted to it.
From that point on, anyone caught teaching the doctrine of rebirth faced governmental prosecution. However, minor references to it still remain in the Bible. With the Church desiring greater control over the masses, they wanted people to think that they only have one shot at salvation - only through the Church - and that there is no chance to have another life later on. Free-thinking individuals who espoused reincarnation were thought of as a threat to Church control and were suppressed. This is the real reason why reincarnation is not part of official Christian theology and is not taught in Christian Sunday school and in seminary today. Not because it was ordained that reincarnation doesn't happen but because a long-dead emperor wanted to gain more control over the masses.
Evidence for the validity of the doctrine of rebirth is found in past-life regression studies as well as within near-death experience research. It is suggested to do an online search on these topics.
As is confirmed by near-death experience research, when we cross over into Spirit, we face a nonliving, infinite, higher power known as The Breath of God, The Light of God, and simply The Light. This higher power judges us according to our application of The Golden Rule, our selflessness (or lack thereof), and by our ability to love genuinely and deeply. How we have lived our life dictates how far we can go into The Light. The higher the plane, the greater the expansion of consciousness and the more powerful the dimension of energy.
Within Islam, Judaism, Catholicism, Hinduism, and other metaphysical philosophies around the world, there is the concept of seven heavens or seven planes. The basic idea is that the more spiritually principled after death ascend to the higher planes while those who are on a path of evil are indirectly forced to reside on the lower planes as inferior spirits. The first plane is thought of as the most emotionally painful place to exist while the seventh plane is where individualistic saints reside in The Light.
Past-life regression studies point to everyone having a choice to incarnate and that there is a period in-between lives whereby the soul exists as a disembodied spirit. This is in contrast to the Hindu conception whereby the soul automatically incarnates into another body right after death. What really happens is that there is a period in-between lives whereby the soul has a chance to heal and learn. The more advanced souls take time to reflect and prepare for their next incarnation. Most do not come back for the noble reasons of serving others and spiritually evolving, which is why the world is the way that it is - for now anyway.
Another contradiction of past-life regression studies to the Hindu paradigm is that souls who were human do not go back to being an animal. I recall a past-life regression case whereby a person was regressed back to being a pampered large house cat in an Egyptian palace. But not everyone can be regressed back to having been an animal. Generally speaking, the more intelligent souls prefer and stay humanoid in their incarnations.
Regression studies and near-death experience research also point to cosmic justice panning out not in the flesh but in the Spirit. Reward and punishment is traditionally not found in a future life. Evil people are not forced to become insects. What really happens is that the soul is forced to emotionally feel the pain and suffering that was unfairly caused to one or more innocents. For example, suppose a murder is committed and not one that was conducted out of self-defense. The perpetrator, after death, will be forced to feel all the pain he caused, not only to the victim but also to those left behind: the widow, children, etc. Thus, the true nature of cosmic justice is to directly experience on an emotional level the ramifications of one's actions, and emotional pain can be much worse than physical pain. No one ever truly gets away with anything. It only appears that many do on This Side because we do not see what they go through on the Other Side.
Thus, heaven and hell, as well as reincarnation, are both valid metaphysical concepts that have been in operation for eons.