Q: Can belief in life after death be acceptable … even if you are not a believer
Does one need to believe in the traditional god to believe in heaven or some kind of survival of bodily death? or there is always some sort of god within
A 😕 The funny thing is, while we get such a question quite often, in my opinion … it is fairly common for people who do not believe in organized religion to keep some of the certain belief that something, that mental transition or otherwise, says this life to the next. As a matter of fact, these days, it is almost a “cliche” to describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious” and when asked … at least 50% of respondents identify themselves as such.
Here’s the thing …
I can not believe you’ve got to pray to a specific deity or God to believe that there is a higher power.
For example, I grew personally in anything religious Jewish home, and while I’m not a believer of traditional standards (and only very rarely go to the Temple or service) I have a solid foundation of faith that there is much more “life” than meets the eye.
I have had many “Afterlife encounters” that have been much more evidential and convincing that there is life after death, but something I was taught growing up.
As a writer and scholar and online publisher of several popular mental and spiritual content and communities on the web, I can tell you from first hand experience that most of our readers say exactly the same thing: They believe based on faith and practice, but it was not until they had their own amazing experience did they know for sure!
my rule of thumb these days? What you really experience first hand … is much more powerful than what you’re saying, or taught, or even forced to believe. (as we know, in some cultures, what you’re told to believe is often far more stringent than those of our experience in the Western world)
my own experience with psychics, mediums and even explore all kinds of changed consciousness through compromises, and the use of spiritual or psychic tools and techniques have taught me more about the unseen world, than any textbook could.
Not to say that I do not respect or understand the people who use their faith to come to the same place! Some of my closest friends (including several successful psychic mediums) are among the most religious people I know, and integrate Afterlife their belief system on both what they “see” in reading, in connection with what they were taught as part of their culture or religious community.