Some thoughts on Easter

April.2. 2018

Very fitting it is, in this Holy Week, for the Holy Father to come out and say there’s no hell.

Yes, very timely, but you and I have known that all along.

Hell is a fictitious place made up by the same bureaucrats who made up purgatory and limbo.

But it got me to thinking about the afterlife—something I normally don’t waste a lot of time on.

After all, what’s there is there, and no amount of believing or denying will get us anywhere or change anything.

But it got me thinking.

When it comes to the afterlife, there’re really only two realities out there.

Either we survive as spirits in the afterlife or we ‘disappear’ as the Holy Father said. There is no third option—the option of a physical afterlife.

(How do I know this? Because when we measure it with our plausibility index, it ranks up there with Santa.)

But can our spirit survive without the corporeal body?

Common sense seems to say no. The spirit of a thing is dependent for its existence on its physical being.

A tree has a life force or spirit within. That life force is what draws water and nutrients from the ground up its roots and into its branches and leaves.

It’s what helps the tree to manufacture food from sunlight.

But when the tree dies, does that life force linger on?

Highly unlikely.

But suppose that our spirit lives on after we’ve long returned to dust.

Suppose it’s lingering on in that twilight zone between the dead and the living. And it can see its past life on earth.

At that point, hell might be all the regrets that it experiences, knowing that whatever is done can never be undone. It’s all too late.

This presupposes that it has gained a certain level of enlightenment.

Regrets only afflict those with a conscience.

Who knows if evil people who don’t have a conscience in this physical world will get a conscience when they get to the afterlife and become spirits?

I suppose without the material world encumbering their spirits, this could be very possible.

These are all conjectures of course. All harmless surmising that one does when one has nothing better to do.

But there is one thing that is not conjecture.

And that is that the spirits of those who have passed on sometimes do live on.

They live on in those they left behind.

All the good deeds and love they spread around when they were in this world continue to be felt and experienced by those who they touched long after they have passed on.

I know that for a fact because I know the spirit of my parents live on in me.

And in this sense, they are still very much present in this world, at least their spirits are.

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2 Responses to “Some thoughts on Easter”

  1. Jean Feys Says:

    “All the good deeds and love they spread around when they were in this world continue to be felt and experienced by those who they touched long after they have passed on.”
    Very true. And they also live on in all the bad deeds and the hate they have spread.


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