Is there life after death? All religions advocate life after death either in the form of heaven or reincarnation. Yet, why is there nothing after death?
Just imagine: you die and that’s it. There’s nothing after that – you just have your 70 years to be alive and after that you vanish forever! Scary isn’t it. Yes it is and for us humans, with our overinflated ego, this is nearly impossible to accept – “logically, it can’t all end there!!!” or so they say. But it is a possiblilty as life after death is another.
I’m not saying that there is nothing after death but the promise of life after death is a very interesting concept adopted by most religions: You have to be good in this short life that’s yours on earth else you will suffer eternal torment in hell or be reincarnated as a flea-infested dog! What better mechanism is there to make people behave properly? Well there’s the law but the law cannot see everything. So for what the law cannot see, you will eventually be punished by eternal suffering!
What better control mechanism is there? I can’t see any :). So even if life after death does not exist, saying that is does makes an excellent control mechanism.