Does death mean “no more?” Does it mean that our thought process ends with our being brain dead? Or is death the beginning of something altogether foreign and new to us?
Of course, nobody knows the answer to these questions, but scientists do discuss the law of conservation of energy and mass as a known. Following this law, energy and matter can neither be created nor destroyed in our recycling universe, but may be transformed. Does this mean that your thinking cannot die? If your brain is no longer functional, your thinking may evolve into a new form. Since awareness could be converted to something else, thoughts still may exist outside our bodies after death. Unfortunately, it is not likely that your thinking will ever stop.
The best thing that could possibly happen is for us to die and stop thinking. Death, then, would be the end to consciousness. We could welcome death if this were the case. There would be no pain, no suffering, and no consequences after death. We would have absolutely nothing to worry about. Since we are all sinners, we all could breathe easier since our poor choices in life would have no repercussions.
If we died and our thinking terminated at that point, we could easily deal with death. Death would be the same as nothing, and everybody should be able to deal with nothing happening. Everything would end and there would be no more. Believe me… that would be a good thing.
That would be a great ending for us because most of us feel guilty about something and those who don’t should. And the bad choices we made in life would have had no consequences after death. Of course, society, family, and peer pressure still would provide their own consequences for your sins during your lifetime. But there would be no afterlife to worry about.
So, the real problem in dealing with death occurs if our final breath does not stop our thinking. If we are still aware after we die, we definitely have a problem. Most likely, the afterlife will be strange and scary for us. How do we prepare for a nightmarish unknown?
Quite frankly, I don’t know. There are many religions to study and select your favorite. But I am concerned that religion, by itself, will not be sufficient. I fear that beliefs that are lukewarm to warm will not serve us well during the high stress of facing the unknown. Attending church and praying to God probably are not going to help that much either. So, how do we deal with death if we are still thinking?
It seems logical that there is a Creator outside this universe, since we live where nothing can be created. And I believe that it is critical to make contact with this Creator before we die and certainly after we die. How do we do that? Again, I don’t know. But it makes sense to attempt to unify with the Creator in some manner. If you have sufficient faith and trust in the Creator and allow Him into your thoughts, you will be on the right path.
There are no guarantees that the path will be smooth. I’m fairly confident that we will be tested on that journey through the afterlife. But your beliefs in the Creator must be powerful enough to withstand the chaos and darkness so that you can find the light from your guide and ally along this road. Never give up on the Creator because only He can remove you from the eternal damnation of being stuck with your own thoughts for infinity without any diversions.
Now, that would be Hell!