Is there really life after death?
Is there an afterlife? This is a question that separates religions, cultures, and
countries to this day. The afterlife has been described in many different forms which are
based on different beliefs. The few main forms are Hell, reincarnation, Heaven, and resurrection. Since the beginning of time, people have debated on the existence of life after death.
A book called Death and the Afterlife is based on the facts of various religions.
Some religions mentioned in the book were Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism,
Judaism and that of the Egyptians. The author, Brian Innes seems to have wrote this book with the intention of a neutral view. However, after reading through the book, one might get the impression that the book is biased because all religions mentioned are ones with the belief of some type or form of an afterlife.
In the book it talks about how the Egyptian, Hinduism, and Buddhism religions
all believe in life after death in the form of reincarnation. The Egyptians believed that
there was life inside one’s tomb. Pharaohs that had died, were mummified and placed in a
pyramid with loved ones and their most precious belongings. They did this because they
believed their king would need all their things in the afterlife.
The main idea of resurrection was developed by religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. “Medieval Christian Scholars devoted many years of debate to
the implications of resurrection” (Innes 107). Resurrection is the return to life of the
bodies of the dead. In early times resurrection could only happen to those of higher
powers, such as gods or people of power and loyalty. Now, in later times, anyone can be
resurrected no matter the amount of power.
Death and the Afterlife is a book based on facts which makes Inne’s bias toward the idea of life after death positive. That is the way the book seems to have been written. The purpose of the source is to show facts on religious beliefs and to persuade people to believe as people of the past have.
Mitch Alboms book, The Five People you Meet in Heaven, is about a man named Eddie who dies tragically and wakes up in Heaven. However, Eddie doesn’t believe it’s Heaven until told so. He doesn’t believe this because it looks like his hometown. Albom’s book was written with bias that there is an afterlife, therefore he takes the position that an afterlife exists. His bias illustrates that he believes when one dies their spirit always goes to a better place. In the book that better place is described as Heaven. In this book Heaven can look and be whatever you want it to be and it’s a place where you are free.
“There are five people you meet in Heaven. Each of us was in your life for a reason. You may not have known the reason at the time, and that is what Heaven is for. For understanding your life on earth” (Albom 35). This quote was that from one of the first people Eddie met in Heaven. It shows Albom’s view of what he believes Heaven to be and what the afterlife is like.
Rosemary Altea’s book Proud Spirit is about her view about death and the afterlife and the views of others around her. This book is completely bias for an afterlife. Proud Spirit talks about what people think about the afterlife, what happens when one dies, and God. Proud Spirit is a question answer type book that shows what people think and which side they lie on. The bias isn’t so much with the author as it is a community of people. This book is biased because Altea implies that her beliefs are based on God and Heaven. Therefore, her book is biased on the same ideas and the ideas and beliefs of others with the same view.
The Case for Heaven is a book that is easy to notice the bias. The bias in the book is that there is life after death and that afterlife is Heaven. Heaven is considered a type of afterlife where if you have a pure soul you go after you die and you meet Christ. Others you could see are family and friends who past before. The book is filled with actual experiences of people from all over the world.
These people tell stories of their beliefs of what Heaven looks like and where it is. They also tell of what they saw when they died before they were revived, brought back to life. For example, a woman named Mary Dooley believes she went through a tunnel following the bright light to Heaven. She stated in the book that on her way to Heaven she felt weird as she floated above everything and felt as if she could fly. This is just one of the hundreds of stories placed in this book.
The Case for Heaven is an extreme book of bias. The bias of the book is easy to point out because not once does it even mention, what if there weren’t an afterlife? This book directly says that there is life after you die. No madder if that afterlife is Heaven or even Hell, there is one. The stories in the book talk about the lives that one saw when he or she died.
“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” (KVJ; Revelation 1:18). In this quote, Jesus says that he has lived and died and he still is living. Basically in this quote Jesus tells all that he has been resurrected. This proves that Jesus believed in an afterlife. Therefore, anyone who follows his actions have too.
“For God so loved the world…whosoever believeth in him should…have everlasting life” (KJV; John 3:16). This quote easily states that anyone who believes in God will not be hated or hurt, but will live forever in eternal life. There is a direct, yet positive bias within this quote. God loves the world and everyone in it so you can love him or not, but he promises that you will live after you die.
The King James’ version of the Bible is biased for an afterlife. This is so because this book was written in the time period where everyone believed in Christ and believed that everything he and the church had to say. Another reason for the positive bias in the Bible is because of the version it is. This particular book is the King James’ version; therefore it is what he believed and what he was taught to be true. This version of the Bible is different from those of other religions such as the Koran, but is similar to Matthew’s Bible, which comes from the same religion. Matthew’s Bible has similar writings as the King James Version, but the bias isn’t completely the same.
The debate on the existence of life after death has been the topic of discussion of cultures and beliefs for centuries and will continue to occupy curios minds. Overall, all sources had a positive bias for life after death because most religions’ beliefs are based on an afterlife. There can never be exact facts on weather an afterlife exists. The only facts that anyone has are tales or various writings. These writings and tales can really help one to make a decision and take a side on the subject. Weather there is life after death is irrelevant to a large population of the world. However, the conflict has been going on for thousands of years and will continue to cause problems for years to come.