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22 November 2009 @ 07:13 am
what would you say?  
Question for ya'll:

What would you say to someone who doesn't believe in life after death because he/she doesn't know for certain it happens so therefore, they don't believe it? What would you say to someone who is okay with not being with the people they love after they die because they don't want to get their hopes up about something they aren't sure is going to happen?

Thanks in advance misfits.
 
 
 
sturmkit on November 22nd, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
there's always the quick and easy remarks (in response to the first question) - have you ever seen a million dollars. no. well then how do you know it exists?... then draw parallells to that and the afterlife. everything there is here speaks of an afterlife, or of a God.

someone being ok with not being the people they love because they dont know what happens afterwards is hard. my instinct is to say that someone would want to be with someone they truly love, but they're afraid of disappointment, and that in itself is a cop out. they really do want that, but i think they're scared. they have convinced themselves that thet're ok with it to lessen the pain.

the other first thing that came to my mind is CS Lewis. he had this really interesting conversion to Christianity that i think would applicable. go read him. or give your friend some of his work. and starting with an author, a theologian, who is not LDS, but who pres. hinckley quoted a lot is probably a good place to start. Non threatening, good name recognition, etc. he has some beautiful writings on faith, on death, on lots of things touching the spiritual existence.

but of course, pray about it, and follow those promptings...