Does anybody know what happens after you die? The answer is no, but I wanted to apply logic to the question and see how close we can get to the answer with “either/or” situations.
First and foremost, after you die, you will either stop thinking or you will continue thinking. It will be either one or the other. And when I say “thinking,” this can be defined as any form of being aware or conscious of your environment.
If you die and stop thinking, then that will be the end for you. You will no longer exist in any form or in any manner. As much as people want to live past death, this would actually be the best case for humankind. If you die and are no longer aware of anything, that would be your lucky day. There would be no consequences for the poor decisions you made during your lifetime.
However if you die and are still thinking and are conscious, then you will either retain, in some fashion, your five senses or you will have no senses. In other words, you will either have one, some, or all of the sensations of sight, sound, smell, taste, or touch, or you will have no sensations at all.
If you are still thinking and have at least one sense still functioning in your mind as in a dream where you still can see and/or hear, then you will be in a position of visualizing a white light to follow to find your deceased family members and friends. This would be similar to descriptions by many of those who have had near or death experiences and have recovered to tell the tale of what happened. But endorphins, chemicals secreted by the body during times of stress, could account for some of those experiences.
However if you are still thinking without any senses functioning, then you will be enveloped in sensory deprivation, one of the most devastating tortures you could ever go through. When prisoners are placed in solitary confinement, even though they still have their senses, they can start hallucinating within days. Think of what it would be like to have no senses to distract you from yourself. You would be in Hell with you torturing yourself. Without any contact with anything, you would be all alone in complete isolation forever. I cannot think of a worse Hell than that.
So, on a scale of best to worst case of things that could happen after you die, I would rank them: (1) no thinking or awareness after death, (2) thinking after death with one or more senses still functioning, and (3) thinking after death with no sensations or connections to anything.
The first and the third cases need no more explanation or examination, but the second case does. This is the case that has the most potential for many types of consequences. Not only does it depend on the number of senses that remain, but it also depends on which of the many avenues your thinking goes down.
And most importantly, it depends on whether you are in control of this journey or if there is a third-party who is in control. For example, if you are being punished by a third-party for your bad choices made during your life, then this case could involve many types of consequences. Some people who had near-death experiences reported being tortured and actually feeling the pain from that torture. There are millions of possibilities with this second case, but it still would be a better case than number three.
So what happens after death? Nobody knows, but everybody should care. Even though the first case would be the best case for you, it is the least likely of the three. This is because all the matter and energy in our closed universe can neither be created nor destroyed. And that includes our thinking. It might be transformed into something different than the type of awareness we had when we were alive, but it is highly unlikely that it can be destroyed in this universe. And people who have been declared brain dead have been resuscitated and then reported that they were thinking even when their brains were not functioning.
How do you prepare for cases two and three? You must become one with God because only He can guide you through either case two or three.