Our previous post contained a survey that asked folks to comment on this statement:
There were 40 people voting (though more may vote in the future…) and the top response, with 30%, was:
Physical life ends but Spiritual life continues.
Next, with 20%, was:
No, spiritual life continues and heaven and hell are states of being here on earth.
13% merely said, “No.”
Yes but we get another chance at it in a new body. and I don’t know. tied at 8%
What’s Life?, What’s Death?, Maybe., and Yes. all had 5% of the vote.
Most interestingly, Yes and you go to heaven or hell. was last with 3%…
I don’t have to say this wasn’t a “scientific” survey. It was a survey of Faith. And, it was a survey “biased” by the answers and the responses of people who found my blog and spent enough time to take the survey.
What conclusions can be made?
Maybe none. Maybe that a “representative” segment of my readers believe more strongly in “Life” after “Death” than in Nothingness… Maybe those readers also don’t believe in the dogmatic preachments about “Heaven” and “Hell”…
“The soul is the focal point for love and compassion, for faith and courage, and for other such ‘human’ qualities that cannot be explained
solely by thinking of a human being as an animal, or as a sophisticated organic machine. The soul does not die; it endures everlastingly. When the human body dies, the soul is freed from ties with the physical body and the surrounding physical world and begins its progress through the spiritual world. Bahá’ís understand the spiritual world to be a timeless and placeless extension of our own universe—and not some physically remote or removed place. Entry into the next life has the potential to bring great joy. Bahá’u’lláh likened death to the process of birth. He explains: ‘The world beyond is as different from this world as this
world is different from that of the child while still in the womb of its mother’.
Just as the womb constitutes an important place for a person’s initial physical development, the physical world provides the matrix for the
development of the individual soul.
Bahá’í International Community: 1992 Magazine – The Bahá’ís
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