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What Happens When We Die? Why do we die?

Could be because the body grows old no matter how much we try to fight it.  Regardless of how strong we may think we are, the body wears and tears under duress. If it takes a century of living to wear-out, then you die of old age, but it could take some seconds of crushing and banging, smoking weed, having aids/cancer to speed up the process, thereby taking younger lives.

As soon as the body gives up the ghost, it is time to meet our maker, whether or not we've planned it.

Some believe the body is soul-less, but it is the soul that has a body.  The soul is said to live forever.  As soon as the body gives up the ghost, the spirit begins to live on forever.

Perhaps we die for the same reasons we live.  Either way, without death, there can be no life.  If we don't die, the world would become overpopulated, and then we all die.  We're disposable systems that are designed to fail at a specific time.  Perhaps we die to let others live.

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A quote from Martin Israel (See http://www.martinisrael.u-net.com/fire/chapter16.html )

"DEATH COMES to all of us. To those who are thoughtful, this prospect comes to be seen increasingly as a merciful release from the unceasing toil of the world and the mounting decrepitude of the body.

To those who are spiritually aware, death is the portal of entry to a fuller life in which much that we cannot understand in our present place of vantage may at last be opened to our comprehension and where we may see a little more clearly.

To some death comes at the close of a long eventful life when the body's functions finally fail. To others the advent of death is abrupt, like an unwelcome intruder impinging himself at the peak of a useful, promising life and summarily calling the participant to a distant realm of unknown quality, far removed from his present surroundings.

Death is at once man's friend and also his judge and accuser. It brings destruction with it and a termination of a life that may have been supremely worthwhile, for its summons is final"

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@kobe,

Try these:

A. There is a difference between "spirit" and "breath"

B. The "spirit" in man has distinct functions from "breath"

C. The "spirit" is a distinct component of man"

D. The "spirit" of man was created WITHIN him

Succinct Outline between the components by ricadelide

An indepth treatment of the distinctions between them

Cheers.

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After we establish this phenomenon, we can then tackle the idea above.

If man has a soul, is his soul one with his body while he is "living" on earth?  Does it remain separated?  Are all of these somehow related to our conscience?

I apologize for being all over the place, but there are just so many questions. cheers![quote][/quote]

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I don't know about the soul being present since the very beginning. As written in the holy book: In the beginning was the word, the word was with God, and the word was God.

It's been debated and argued that Jesus is the Word and Jesus is God, so, if that's the case, when did the soul ever begin to exist. Are the souls part of the word. Maybe we don't need to have a beginning, or just maybe the soul was also there in the beginning. The holy book did not say that "in the beginning there was only the word."

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assuming: birth is a continuation

                 death is a continuation

                 does birth = death

since there is a better place a coming, why are we so sad when people die? Is it just selfishiness on our part that we'll miss them?

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After you die, your body will begin to decompose just like any other organic material.

One hour after death; the muscles relax totally.

Three hours after death; rigor mortis sets in.

One day after death; the body has fully returned to room temperature.

One day-on after death: the skin shrinks and contracts giving the appearance that the hair and nails have grown.

Within one to two days of death; if flies are around, they will begin laying eggs which will hatch into maggots in available areas of the body.

After two days from death; rigor mortis relaxes.

After two days-on from death; the internal tissue begins the process of decay; starting to turn into gasses and liquids.

Within one week of death; the flesh has become liquid-like under the skin.

Within two weeks of death; the stomach distends due to accumulation of gasses and this can lead to the discharge of a dark, bloody liquid from the nose and mouth of the corpse.

After three to four weeks of death; the body is extremely decayed, hair and nails can be easily pulled out; the trunk has swollen to twice its size; while the face has gone a purple green and the tongue protrudes.

After five to six weeks of death; the body has become soup-like.

If a body is buried in the ground; after a time of ten years all the tissue has turned to liquid and gas and been absorbed by the surrounding soil leaving only the bones.

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So there a few glaring issues here.  Death is either a complete state of nothingness and cessation of existence, or death causes the soul to migrate from one world to another.  The latter case forces me to ask: have we died before?  I would be made to think that the soul migrated from a prior base to this earth, and in doing so there was some form of death and a bodily re-birth, which brought it here?  After death on earth it would move on to yet another existence.

To die or to live. Which is better? God only knows.

Why are we so afraid of death? Why do we long to live forever?

I am not afraid of death, but I am a bit worried about my means of dying. If I was going down in an airplane, I'd be scared of pain, but not of the death. Scared of the method of dying. It would be tortourous.

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Have you ever thought that maybe after we die, there will be nothing? A meaningless existence. Assuming that before you were born, there was nothing. Wouldn't it be cruel and unfair, to build a legacy on earth, to create beautiful memories, leave behind loved ones, build all these graceful bonds, and in the end have nothing to show for it? What about all of those who are wronged, callously murdered, lynched, sent to early graves? What would become of the tyrants who made them mortals? Do they receive no punishments?

We came into the world with nothing, and with nothing shall we return to our resting place. Dust are ye, and dust shall ye become?

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What about pre-bodily existence? The soul continues to live even when the body is laid to rest. For the soul, I don't think there's ever birth or death. The soul is eternal, premordial, and everlasting. Since this is the case, what/where was I prior to being present in the body, and why am I unable to retain and recall that information in this bodily form?

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Do the dead sleepeth forever, for all of what seems, to them, like a day? Basically, all of eternity is rolled into one night of undisturbed, peaceful, perfect sleep.

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