Let’s first discuss several things that we know, and then we will attempt to pursue some matters that we do not know. We are aware of our surroundings through our five senses and thus, we believe that we are alive. Further, we examine ourselves in mirrors and watch other people’s reaction to us, so we are fairly confident that we are alive. We also know that we will die and that our bodies will decay because we see our comrades do that quite frequently.
We do not know if we will still be thinking after death. If we are not thinking after death, then we can assume that there is nothing for us to be concerned about after we die. If we can accept the fact that our transitory life was all that we had, then there is no need for religion or philosophy, except for the purpose of assisting us in finding a purpose in our short journey through life.
But what if we are still thinking after death? That can be very problematic. What will you think about? Will you have your senses to entertain you or will you be encased in the darkness without any distractions, leaving you to face perhaps your greatest enemy – yourself. For clearly, your thoughts may remain calm for the first hour or so, but when will the nightmares start? And you can be sure that they will start. Without anything to hold onto, you will eventually start to hallucinate. We know this from monitoring subjects who were tortured with sensory deprivation techniques.
If you are still thinking at death, then your faith becomes paramount to keep from losing your mind. It is critical that you believe in something very, very strongly. Only a powerful belief can overcome the trauma and chaos in this hellish environment.
The Bible, I think, is the greatest book ever written, but most readers, including many ministers, do not attempt to understand it. Most religious followers are more interested in a social gathering than actually addressing difficult and controversial subjects in the Bible.
For example in John 17:21, the King James Version of the Bible states: “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, are in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” This comment made by Jesus was a direction for us to follow if we were still thinking after death. He appeared to be saying that we should have both Jesus and God within us to assist us in this process.
Most ministers preach that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are one, but few instruct that we must also be one with God and Jesus. The Holy Trinity becomes the Holy Quadrinity. Being one with God is a concept more like what the Gnostics and eastern religions taught. Yet, the reason behind it would be very clear if you were still thinking at death. Rather than imagining you saw Jesus, He would actually be inside you, directing you through the hellish chaos.
Faith must come from within and be our compass of control through chaos. We must be constantly vigilant against our own thoughts that can trip us up and betray us.