This question is generally a fundamental question for believers and non-believers alike, often both groups are pretty certain about what its going to be like. I am both unsure of a good answer to this question and very skeptical about those who have sure answers both Mormon and Evangelical.
Instead of going through all of the “orthodox” or “official” ideas on the subject, I think it would be profitable to understand what the readers of this blog believe on the subject and why. I am primarily interested in the basis for the beliefs and the details behind it.
I think there is actually solid scientific evidence for life after death or the life of a spirit outside the body.
I also have solid belief and spiritual experience evidencing God in my life based on numerous experiences as a fully practicing LDS.
However, despite all this, I am very unclear of what is going to happen when we die. As far as I can see, all we seem to have is a brief and uncertain view of the afterlife, and there are many interpretations. I base my own concepts on two primary ideas.
- God loves us with a love that that is at least similar to what we can understand, e.g. good parental love.
- God is just according to a concept of justice similar to what we understand.
Frankly, these two concepts cause me to disbelieve a lot of what is said about the afterlife so I would also be interested to know who believes these principles and how everybody squares their belief in the afterlife with them.
I am also interested in how primal your belief regarding the afterlife is in the foundation of your faith. Some become Christians out of fear of hell, others become Christians because Jesus is good and touches them and they never develop any fear of hell. Some are strong LDS because they want to go to the Celestial Kingdom- i.e. the best place, and some want to go to the Celestial Kingdom simply as a by-product of their LDS experiences.
For me this could be a helpful exercise for LDS and Evangelicals, and anybody else, to examine their own personal feelings about this issue while getting new perspectives on this very important area of faith. Or it could just be a good way to kill some time during the day.
I know I am not offering a lot of my own feelings but I am really at a loss to offer any confident opinions. I appreciate your thoughts in advance, Thanks for sharing!