tiffanybruiser : I agree, I find everyone’s beliefs to be very interesting. I hope my saying I don’t comprehend how some people believe we just end was not offensive because I didn’t mean to it to be. If it was offensive I apologize.
I just meant that I feel each person is so important and life is so precious and we are all so deeply loved by God (whether we understand everything about Him or not) how do you not just know that your soul (personality, what makes you you, whatever you want to call it), lives beyond our physical bodies which do die, of course. Maybe I’m just egotistical enough to feel that of course I can never really end. I believe death transforms us even though I don’t know how we are transformed. This is just my personal belief and it makes me happy to believe this. If I’m wrong I guess I’ll find out after death.
I feel every person has their own personal journey in life and their own very valid reasons for believing as they do. We can all learn from each other and help each other by sharing beliefs and not being rigidly set in our ways.
My husband doesn’t believe exactly as I do about life after death, which is fine with me. I respect him and am always interested in what he has to say. We don’t pressure each other about it either way, we just listen to each other.
I don’t feel spiritual beliefs are “right” or “wrong” but are up to each person to choose for themselves. Most people have very good reasons for believing as they do. If your belief system brings you peace and joy and doesn’t hurt anyone else, then why should anyone have a problem with it?
The main problem I have with some organized religion is the attitude of “my way or the highway,” or “you’re going to hell, (or get kicked out, or even killed sometimes) if you don’t believe exactly as we do and follow our rules,” that is bullshit in my opinion. I’m not the typical organized religion church-going type of Christian, I believe Jesus is the Son of God is why I am a Christian.
Spirituality is so personal and fascinating to me and I really enjoy hearing other people’s stories. I don’t judge other people. I’ve known some very judgmental, nasty, mean people who said they were Christian, and very kind and loving people who were atheists.
I believe God is love and truth and can see into our hearts, to me having a good heart is really what gets people into “heaven,” not what label they put on.