One of the writing ideas I’ve had in the back of my head for several months, since long before I lost Bryan, is the question of what happens after death.
My family and friends embrace a broad range of beliefs – Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, pagan, agnostic, atheist, and even none of the above. Those religions have differing traditional beliefs about the existence of the soul, the afterlife, and the definition of heaven and hell as well as the entry criteria. On top of that, many believers have their own ideas on the subject, perhaps varying widely from accepted dogma.
What do you believe?
Is there a part of our existence that transcends the purely physical – a soul, a spirit? Does it transcend death?
If so, in what manner? Are there ghosts? Guardian angels? Judgment, and heaven? Reincarnation? A return to the sacred earth?
If you believe in a heaven and/or hell, what’s your vision of heaven? Pearly gates, streets paved with gold, and angels singing hosannas at the foot of the throne? Or something else?
According the tenets of Christianity, Bryan made a profession of faith, was baptized and will be waiting for me in heaven.
My problem is, that while I would classify myself as a liberal Christian, I don’t think I believe in a literal heaven and hell. I don’t know what I do believe, but it’s not streets of gold and perpetual hymns of praise.
I suppose none of us will find out until we go through it ourselves, and even then we’ll probably interpret events through the lens of our own culture and symbolism.
Still, I’m interested in your input. What do you believe?
1Please don’t feel like you need to tiptoe around me on this subject – I’m truly interested in ideas and discussion. I have my own ideas too, after all.
2If I do not already know you, and you leave me a proselytizing message of some sort, I will banish your comment to the spam queue faster than you can say “Amen.”
3This is a complicated question. If you’d prefer to answer in your own blog instead of the tiny comment window, please do and I’ll add a link to your post.