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Which religion believes there's nothing after death?


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Initial post: Nov 17, 2011 6:25:16 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 18, 2011 5:19:52 AM PST
anne says:
Which religion professes when you die, that's the end--that there's nothing more, no heaven, hell, pergatory, limbo, the world the come, reincarnation, etc.?

That's the one that would make sense to me.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 9:22:21 AM PST
Buddhists do not require that you believe in God, therefore an afterlife.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 9:26:11 AM PST
Skoorby says:
Judaism, though Jews don't really have a doctrine or anything, so it depends on who you ask.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 9:31:32 AM PST
Melanie says:
Kathleen, what about the Buddhist's belief in reincarnation? Isn't that an afterlife?

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 9:33:47 AM PST
Wiccans and other neo-pagan groups have a range of beliefs on the afterlife - from reincarnation to physical death is the finality.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 9:40:02 AM PST
Rev. Otter says:
since nobody's mentioned Taoism yet, Tao. :)

http://www.religionfacts.com/big_religion_chart.htm

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 9:40:31 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 17, 2011 9:43:48 AM PST
Melanie says:
Some mystics believe that if a person does soul-work, and succeeds in bringing a spark of Light (God) into matter within in their lifetime, then that Light is reabsorbed into God at death. It's not technically an afterlife of the person because the only thing that remains is the aspect of God that the person brought into matter.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 9:47:53 AM PST
Kathleen M. Pelley says:

"Buddhists do not require that you believe in God, therefore an afterlife."

This is not exactly true. Some Buddhists believe in a god or gods, some do not. The Buddha probably did, but he said don't worry about that.

Similarly, many Buddhists believe in reincarnation, some do not. The Buddha probably did, but he said don't worry about that.

The important thing, according to Gautama, was this world, and how to live in it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 9:49:57 AM PST
I think reincarnation is more of a cultural issue. There are many forms of Buddhism and many follow the cultural source of their Buddhism. Yes, many Buddhists believe in reincarnation, but it is not a requirement like some Christian sects require that you buy into their version of Christianity.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 9:53:35 AM PST
PS,
I could not agree more--thank you for elaborating on what I said. I am not a Buddhist so I am no authority. My son & daughter-in-law are Buddhists. My daughter-in-law is a Vietnamese Buddhist. I had to teach her to meditate. Her Buddhism appears to be a mish-mash of Vietnamese and Chinese cultural traditions. And they both take hatha Yoga together.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 11:08:53 AM PST
Why so?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 11:22:53 AM PST
Melanie says:
Kathleen

Yes, that makes sense. My understanding of Buddhism is that it teaches practices that enable a person to become psychologically mature and healthy. I understand the belief in reincarnation as a kind of purgatory in which a soul continues to grow and mature psychologically over lifetimes -- and for the good of the whole of humanity -- and eventually resulting in the Christlike incarnation of the Bodhisattva.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 12:02:11 PM PST
Leone,

Buddhism came out of Hinduism and they teach reincarnation so it isn't surprising that various sects teach reincarnation.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 5:55:12 PM PST
anne says:
Because I believe there's nothing after death.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 8:19:56 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 17, 2011 8:23:32 PM PST
I wonder if human beings can really concieve of what it would be like to cease to exist. After all, we have no personal experience with a total and permanent lack of conciousness. Death as the end must be a blind faith based belief.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 8:26:20 PM PST
Melanie says:
Yes, humans can experience nonexistence. It happens all the time in meditation practiced by many mystics.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 8:27:35 PM PST
Melanie says:
One term for it is fanaa.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 8:31:26 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 17, 2011 8:33:56 PM PST
Who is the I that is experiencing their own nonexistence? One must exist in order to be a witness to the supposed nonexistence.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 8:31:44 PM PST
Bubba says:
Unitarian-Universalists don't believe in an afterlife.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 8:32:57 PM PST
Melanie says:
There is no "I".

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 8:33:42 PM PST
B. Rogers says:
Atheism

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 8:34:40 PM PST
Which one? :)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 8:35:37 PM PST
Then who is having the experience?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 8:38:50 PM PST
Melanie says:
Maybe the soul. Nonexistence is a state beyond the mind, so the mind is not participating.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 8:44:03 PM PST
The soul is our very essence and is the antithesis of nonexistence.
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