One of the most pressing questions on humanity is what happens to us after we die. Much of humanity has some belief, or at least a guess. Atheists believe nothing happens, and eastern religions like Buddhism believes you are reincarnated.
But Christians believe in an afterlife in Heaven, a place of peace and bliss unknowable on Earth.
However, many believe that this sounds too good to be true. That’s why Dennis Prager of Prager U decided to take up the question, and really get down to the bottom of whether or not there actually is one.
His verdict? Absolutely, because there has to be an afterlife if there is a good and just God:
…this life is filled with an immeasurable amount of injustice and suffering. The only way there can be some ultimate justice for victims of evil is if there is an afterlife. And the only way comfort is available to those who suffer unjustly – from painful disease and premature death to the death of a child – is if there is an afterlife. But such an afterlife exists only if there is a good and just God. A good and just God provides a way to compensate for all the unjust suffering in this world.”
…since God is not physical, the physical world is not the only reality. There is also a non-physical reality. And we humans have a part of us which, being non-physical, survives the death of our body. We call it the “soul.” But if there is no God, this physical life is all there is. So, no God, no soul; no soul, no afterlife.
Prager comments that many people, like atheists, believe that we do live on but in other’s memories and works. If that’s the case, says Prager, then many don’t live on long. He also notes that sadly, bad works are far more remembered than good works. If that’s the case, then Hitler is far more immortal than many kind people in history.
“If there’s no afterlife, we don’t live on,” noted Prager. “Period. Let’s be honest enough to acknowledge that. If there’s no afterlife, none of us will ever again be with those we most love and who love us. If there’s no afterlife, neither anyone murdered nor any murderer will ever receive ultimate justice. If there’s no afterlife, this life—for the vast majority of people who ever lived and for those alive now—is a meaningless crapshoot.”