One of the great mysteries of life pertains to what happens to us when we die. We know the Lord said a good bit about it, but it still has the ring of mystery because not a single one of us knows anyone who died and then returned again to tell us their experience. This mystery of the “beyond” permeates the psychology of nearly everyone, even the atheist and agnostic. For some, the idea of ceasing to exist is troubling because of the lack of knowledge.
It is along this line that one college professor addresses his remarks concerning the afterlife. “Professor Robert Lanza is sure there’s something beyond this mortal coil. He believes the science is there to prove it.” The Scriptures teach that man’s life made up of three parts. “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23, NKJV). The delineation (or distinction) between soul and spirit might be hard for some to make; nevertheless, the Holy Spirit declares there is a difference.
The word “body” is associated with the material aspect of man. Thus, in other words, there is more to a person than just his (or her) mind; there is the body, the material substance wrapped around the skeletal bones that allow us to stand upright, or take on any sort of posture we desire. When we observe the death of a person we take note that the body is laid to “rest” in the cold, dark earth. What happens to the body? As evidence has shown, the material substance of man (flesh, blood, bodily organs, etc.) deteriorates into the physical, visual nothingness; that which remains are the bones.
The professor thinks this is mistaken. He believes that physical/material things can’t cease to exist, but that it goes (as another man said) into a parallel universe: “When we like to joke that someone might be living in a parallel universe, this might, in fact, be ultimately true of all of us.”
A good many people of science have been seeking answers to the great questions man has attempted to face through the many generations that he has lived on this earth. Two great questions are associated with why is there existence and where does man go when existence ceases to be? In the article there is at least one attempt to answer the second of these two questions.
This is a problem that can’t be faced by science, however. Science can’t deal with the non-material, the spiritual. Not long ago I was sharing my motivation as a preacher. I genuinely seek to know answers that God has given to man’s existence, purpose, and destiny. I do this, not only to answer my own inquires, but also to help others who seek to address the same questions. I understand very well that I can’t know answers to all the questions that would be asked of me, but that has not stopped me (and neither will it) from seeking to know what I can.
When it comes to the after-life, science can’t deal with it adequately, not even a little bit! Science can’t gain knowledge in the non-material realm because it deals with the material (the nature of science). The area of knowledge I seek information from is because One already is “there.” This is beyond the material realm. RT