RECIPROCAL SYSTEM DATABASE Status Report: An Aperiodic Blog

January 11, 2015

What Happens When We Die?

Filed under: Science — transpower @ 3:39 pm

The metaphysics of the Reciprocal System of theory can answer this question, with some help from Reconstructionist Judaism.

This question has vexed thinkers for millennia. Supernaturalists, transnaturalists, and atheists give very different answers.

Traditional Orthodox/Conservative Jews still maintain the belief in bodily resurrection and the Day of Judgment. Those adjudged by the supernatural deity to eternal life would be given their “old” body back, together with their soul, to live in the “world to come.” In the interim state between death and resurrection, the soul is supposed to dwell in Gan Eden (Paradise) or Gehinnom (a place of punishment, but not, like the Christian Hell, of eternal punishment). In contrast, Reform Jews teach the immortality of the soul, but not bodily resurrection, and they believe that the soul incarnates only once.

Materialists and atheists reject any metaphysical or transcendental realm and so consider human beings to be simply big-brained animals. They therefore believe that death is obliteration; there is no distinction here between criminals and non-criminals. Atheists cannot explain the origin of human creativity or ethical values, because the physical world is an amoral cause-effect mechanism.

Transnaturalist Reconstructionist Jews believe that existence is comprised of two realms: the physical realm (made of space-time units) and the non-physical or transnatural or Metaphysical Realm (made of non-space-time units); this latter realm is not supernatural, but perfectly rational and objective—it has the properties of creativity and ethics. An ethical, creative human being is part physical and part non-physical. At death the physical component (body and brain) dies, but the non-physical component (the soul) survives and therefore may be reincarnated again—in fact, many times (usually on different planets), until the soul is perfected; one brief life-time is completely insufficient to accomplish this goal. The “judgment” is automatic; the soul leaves in the state it’s in at the time of the death of the physical body and brain. Soulless hominids (i.e., criminals) are obliterated at death, just as are animals and plants. There is no “heaven” or “hell,” per se. (The Islamic belief in a physical paradise after death is sheer nonsense.) And, contrary to Maimonides and the Buddhists, the soul remains individuated and does not merge into the “active intellect of God.” “Desoulment” (at death) is a natural process, just as is “ensoulment” (at birth or close to birth).

The Reconstructionist High Holiday Service book, p. 1031, quotes Edith Sitwell, as follows: “Love is not changed by Death, And nothing is lost and all in the end is harvest.”

Study Dewey B. Larson’s metaphysical work, Beyond Space and Time, for more details.  Study the Reciprocal System and prove it for yourself.



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