So I read a book review the other day that I haven't been able to get out of my mind.
The book was by an atheist who had 2 near-death experiences.
And while for other people, they see the light at the end of the tunnel--and are reunited with family loved ones and are in bliss from being with the Heavenly Father...
This guy saw nothing but blackness and said it was empty and nothingness.
And he was dead serious about it.
He said there is nothing after we die, absolutely nothing.
Now, while I have always believed in life after death and even in reincarnation if we still have more growing and learning to do, I had heard others say contrary beliefs in the past.
One guy in synagogue when I was a young adult used to say, "When you die, you're as dead as a dead dog!"
Lovely thought (not), but I never took any of that seriously.
Yet, this guy's book somehow got to me on a deep level.
Maybe because I lost my beloved parents over the last 2+ years and am still deeply mourning them, and the only thing that can possibly console me about that is the notion that I will one day be reunited with them and see them again.
So the opposing idea that it's really over--that I will never see them again--experience their love and laughter again--is beyond my comprehension--it literally blows my mind in a bad bad way.
Also, I said to my wife, if this atheist is by any chance right (not about G-d) but about there being no afterworld, then what is the purpose to anything we do--who cares?
Without G-d, without Divine will and justice, and a world-to-come, there really is nothing but darkness and not just after we die, but now too--because it would all be purposeless.
No, I cannot believe that!
The atheist saw nothing afterwards, because he believes in nothing--it's a measure for a measure.
For those who believe that there is more, much more--there really is.
It has to be that way...for anything to make sense.
For us to try so hard.
For us to go on.
For us to have a purpose.
For there to be justice.
For there to be us.
My dad used to tell me that "No one has ever come back from the other side to tell us what's there."
So it really is the ultimate mystery of life...but I choose to believe in life now and in life later.
The miracles of my own life and those around me show me again and again that there is design, there is order, there is a plan, there is a purpose and I will find mine. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)