Dec 042012
 

Question by Ben: Christians, how do you know that your consciousness won’t cease existence when you die?
The bible doesn’t say that your consciousness is connected to your soul. How do you know that your consciousness won’t die when your body dies?

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Answer by Siege
How do you know that it does?

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  12 Responses to “Christians, how do you know that your consciousness won’t cease existence when you die?”

  1. Read Luke w/ the rich man and the poor man. However If you are refering to the Ecclesiastes that’s means we will not be interested in what is going on in THIS lifetime anymore.

  2. IT SAYS THERES NO REMEMBERANCE IN THE GRAVE BUT WE ALL STILL HEAR IT ALL..

  3. Stop teasing your brother! Don’t make me come up there!

  4. I know the Truth that is why many people have died and came back from death undergoing and amazing thing soul leaving body. once you feltdone that no one can tell you what its like or this or that for youve seendone it first hand and know. but their is this ‘astral projection’ which is real and can be done on your own but i would say do not but you will do as you want. its evil stuff just believe in what the Bible says for this Flesh will die but Spirit will live forever!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtGG58g7I5s

  5. I don’t honestly believe that statement personally. If that was the case there wouldn’t be any Ghosts. How do we not know a lot of things? “Some things you take in Faith Bro. Not everything has to be shown to us for them to be a possibility.

  6. Well, if it does, then you won’t even know it. So I wouldn’t worry about it too much.

  7. when we die there is no consciousness, the bible compares death like unto sleep and also “going down in silence”.

    When we are called from our graves we will have remembrance of all that we did.

  8. Ecclesiastes 9:5: For the living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all, neither do they anymore have wages, because the remembrance of them has been forgotten. 6 Also, their love and their hate and their jealousy have already perished, and they have no portion anymore to time indefinite in anything that has to be done under the sun.

    Ecc. 9:10: 10 All that your hand finds to do, do with your very power, for there is no work nor devising nor knowledge nor wisdom in She′ol, the place to which you are going.

    Sheol is hebrew for the common grave of mankind

  9. the Bible says that the soul and heart together make up areas of the consciousness.. mind, will, emotions, perceptions, etc.

    one of the teachings that Jesus gave was an example of what happens to a person when they die.

    they are aware, they feel, they thirst, they remember and recognize other people they saw while alive who might be nearby. [see Luke 16]

  10. In Luke 16.19-31, Jesus told a parable about two men who died, they recognized each other and Abraham, and remembered family still alive on the earth, so we will still be ourselves after we drop these physical shells.

    I know of a friend’s mom who as she was lying in bed about to die from cancer, her family had already all told her good bye, when she held her hands up to the ceiling of her room and said, “I want to go with them! I want to go with them!” They told her it was ok and to go, then she drops her hands and dies. Awesome!

    Another friend’s mother – the last week of her life reported seeing people dressed in white in her room.

    This also leads me to believe that we continue on, our consciousness is a part of who/what we are and there is a whole other “dimension” if you will, waiting for us. For some, it will be splendid to behold.

    Hope this helps.

  11. I’m not even sure what the point of this question is. How about this…

    Atheists, how do you “materialistically” explain the origins of consciousness?

  12. Consciousness is what you’re aware of when you introspect. When you pay attention to what’s going on inside of you, that’s consciousness. Think of it like this: Suppose you were having an operation on your leg, and suddenly you begin to be aware of people talking about you. Someone says, “I think he’s recovering.” You start to feel an ache in your knee. You say to yourself, “Where am I? What’s going on?” And you start to remember you were operated on. What you’re doing is regaining consciousness. In short, consciousness consists of sensations, thoughts, emotions, desires, beliefs, and free choices that make us alive and aware.

    The soul is the ego, the “I,” or the self, and it contains our consciousness. It also animates our body. That’s why when the soul leaves the body, the body becomes a corpse. The soul is immaterial and distinct from the body. At least, that’s what the Bible teaches. Christians have understood this for twenty centuries. For example, when Jesus was on the cross, he told the thief being crucified next to him that he would be with Jesus immediately after his death and before the final resurrection of his body. Jesus described the body and the soul as being separate entities when he said. “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. The apostle Paul says that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

    How do Christians know that our consciousness won’t cease to exist when the body dies? We have experimental data. For example, neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield electrically stimulated the brains of epilepsy patients and found he could cause them to move their arms or legs, turn their heads or eyes, talk, or swallow. Invariably the patient would respond by saying, “I didn’t do that. You did.” According to Penfield, “the patient thinks of himself as having an existence separate from his body.” This wouldn’t be so unless the soul is indeed conscious regardless of whether our body is defunct or not.

    A lot of subsequent research has validated this. When Roger Sperry and his team studied the differences between the brain’s right and left hemispheres, they discovered the mind has causal power independent of the brain’s activities. This led Sperry to conclude materialism was false.

    Another story showed delay between the time an electric shock was applied to the skin, its reaching the cerebral cortex, and the self-conscious perception of it by the person. This suggests the self is more than just a machine that reacts to stimuli as it receives them. In fact, the data from various research projects are so remarkable that Laurence C. Wood said, “many brain scientists have been compelled to postulate the existence of an immaterial mind, even though they may not embrace a belief in an afterlife.”

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