The February/March 2015 issue of Free Inquiry has two articles on death: Greta Christina says that atheists need to start more conversations about death, and James Davenport argues that we leave heaven when we die.
But I’m not exactly an atheist, so I’m not really sure where I fall on the afterlife spectrum. I’ve gone from Catholic views of heaven to New Age views of reincarnation, to trying to incorporate Kemetic views of the Field of Reeds into my reincarnationist thinking, to I don’t know what the heck anymore.
It’s not like we really know what will happen. There are a few people who claim to have had near – death experiences, but how do we know those experiences were real? Someone claimed that there is a scientific explanation for those, and in any case, as any scientist will tell you, multiple anecdotes do not equal scientific fact.
In my own case, I thought that I had uncovered memories of past lives, but how do I know that those weren’t delusions? Maybe I will have more lifetimes before I enter the Field of Reeds, but I don’t really know, and I won’t know until I get there.
I guess I am an agnostic when it comes to the afterlife. Meanwhile, the only thing I do know is that we need to make the most of this life, the only life we can be certain of.