What will happen when I die?

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Walt's World with Walter Jones

We are born and then we die. Some have said we start to die the minute we are born.

Who is concerned about dying? Well as strange as it may seem studies show that young children worry about dying.

Then, of course, we hit puberty and think we are bulletproof. We pretty much go through life with that belief. Other people will die but not us. Of course, unless me die suddenly with no warning, we begin to wonder about death, and our own death in particular.

Since I have long passed my three score and 10, I felt that it was time to face the fact that I am going to die, and probably in the near future.

I was brought up in a Christian household and attended church in my younger, formative years, but I just couldn't wrap my mind around the thought of an omnipotent being who made a heaven and earth and now looks over us and guides us.

Frankly anything that made this mess of the  earth we live in, and as it says in the Bible, pronounced it good, had to be an idiot  So I have no expectations of going to the Christian heaven, but by the same token I reject the belief of hell as well.

Now a lot of people who reject these concepts will tell you that when we die our brains stop functioning and we cease to exist. Nothing, just non-existence.

Well I find that bleak comfort as well. So I choose not to believe that as well. I cannot believe that we only exist in our minds, and then, only as long as our nerves have electrical impulses going on. There is a theory that we have a lifeforce, a life essence within us, a live spirit or if you wish a soul.

I do believe that we have a life spirit that is contained within our body, but that is not of our body, and that when our body dies it is released.

Someone once wrote, and I can't remember who, that death was the ultimate adventure. I would like to believe that. So now to have some fun I will speculate what will happen when I die.

My spirit will be released and if I am to believe the reports of people who clinically died, I will see a light and travel there to be reunited with my relatives and loved ones. This sounds good as far as it goes, but I am a curious person and I feel that after a while I would want to find out what my relatives, and loved ones, who are alive, are doing and perhaps try to whisper in their ear and guide them.

There is also some evidence that this is possible, if you believe in mediums. I know there are charlatan's out there who profess to be able to contact and speak to the spirit world, but I have seen some performances by mediums who are able to tell people about things that they should not know.

It is possible that maybe a very small percentage of people's brains are wired different and they do see and communicate with spirits or at least can communicate on some level. To take this further, if we can indeed exist for eternity as a spirit, what will we do to amuse ourselves, surely after centuries, all the people who we were ever in contact with will have died as well, and so will their children's children, so that our interest in our families should now be satisfied. So what to do! What to do!

Since we are spirits perhaps we can travel in time as well as space, so maybe we could go back  and forth in time. See the great artists in person and watch their performance, or listen to great philosophers. We should also be able to travel in space and possibly find new civilizations. It seems to me that I can believe all this and maybe make my death experience better, so I will. There is also a belief by some people, that we come back in reincarnation and live life again as a corporal being, but without our previous memories. This holds little appeal for me, I have no wish to go through another life, making the same old mistakes and hurting the same people, even though some of my experiences were fantastic, I don't want to repeat them. Perhaps after reading this someone who is about to die will get a different viewpoint and be able to face their end in a better and more positive way.       


Walt's World appears periodically in the Amherst News.



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  • Dee from Cumberland
    August 28, 2014 - 10:34

    Walt, This is a good article to consider for the "other side." Scripture is very clear it is Heaven or hell and guess what ..we get to choose. In my 34 years as a born again christian I have seen enough to know Heaven is real and what a place... Jesus said, "I go to prepare a place for you that where I am ye may be also" ..can you top that ..Unfortunately hell is real also ..Why did the rich man who rejected Christ on earth and was in Hells flames ask God to "send Lazarus to wet the tip of his tongue with water" ( pharaphrased KJV ) You have a wonderful Christian legacy family. Embrace it. I look forward to seeing my friend Joyce and family again. ps: Jesus will return ....it is a given .. today is the day of SALVATION.... Thanks for this thought provoking article!!!

  • Wilma Patterson
    August 06, 2014 - 19:59

    IF you really want the answers' Read your Bible...Do you have 1? I would give you 1.If?you do not.YOU must Believe God sent HIS Only son to die for us on the Cross.For our sins' John 3 :16 sad but so true YOUWILL BE IN HELL W/ ALL WHO DO NOT REPENT./W

  • Jim G
    July 29, 2014 - 02:23

    I would not over think things too much. Live each day like there is no tomorrow but plan to live to be 90.

  • yoda
    July 28, 2014 - 14:48

    There is only two sure things in life....death and taxes! We all will die! And the government will tax the very HE** out of your funeral be assured of it! So see it is true!!!! Now for the afterlife....look outside at the shear beauty that surrounds you in the early morning, mid afternoon, and evening...and if any of you think that is all there by chance, then I feel saddened for you! However no need to fear, I don't believe you will be forgotten in the end if you cannot see the beauty for what it is or are too blinded by naysayers to see it. We are too complicated of a creature to be a freak of nature in my point of view.

  • noodle
    July 27, 2014 - 23:36

    There are a lot of theories and thoughts, beliefs and religious doctrines, but what life comes down to is how happy and content you are. Those who feel they've lived a full life, contributed in a positive way, and made a mark never fear death. But explained in a literal way, if the universe is ever expanding then it stands to reason all that is in the universe is also ever expanding. In other, simpler words, it's all just a big tapestry and we are but small stitches - however if one of those stitches were to slip everything unravels so in order for the universe to exist so must we. In even simpler words we all live on because the human condition that we call death doesn't really have any context in the whole scheme of the universe.

  • Another Thought
    July 27, 2014 - 15:58

    I believe there is the here and now - kinda easy and simple!

  • Silas
    July 25, 2014 - 15:25

    That was awesome.

    • Mercy
      August 18, 2014 - 09:30

      I feel sorry for you. The Bible says that "I go and prepare a place for you...that where I am, there you will be also. '. But you have to believe and accept our Lord and Saviour. It's not too late. I know where I'm going without a doubt. Do you? Get out your Bible. The wages of sin is death.. But the gift of God is eternal life.