Life beyond death
Author: Staff | Source: Catholic.net
I am one of those who firmly believe that there is life beyond death. I believe it by faith and, also, for a reason that is shared by a part of those who lack it: it disgusts my reason to think that my life will end up reduced to simple organic manure like any geranium. We do not have the ability to reason, to express ourselves in terms both sensitive and abstract, to imagine the future and to have an infinite craving for infinity to be reduced to this. It disgusts my reason because this would be a useless waste of evolution. Why has a being as powerful as the human been born, the only one with the capacity to give life and death to the planet, to get out of it and turn out, after all, a mutation whose meaning is not different from the snail? (although he has more fun than him reproducing his genes). That would be an evolutionary waste.
And I believe, too, that this beyond that we will live will relate to the way we have acted in this life. There will be a balance, a judgement, because not everything is equal, nor is everything worth the same, nor is everything relative. I am not only the judge of the good and the bad, though, in the end, it is my conscience who decides; but you can do it in the context of an objective reason, which does not depend on my interests, or confusing good with my desire, my preference. If there is another life, that there is, the rules of the game cannot be those of subjectivism unlimited own of this society disconnected, but fruit of the personal freedom in the frame of a reason much greater than oneself, an order, a good last and superior. The opposite is socially chaotic and against all orders.
There can be No physical world-which we tend to confuse with matter-subject to strict laws, and in it, a human being incomprehensible disconnected in the psychic, of all higher reason, but subject in its matter to the laws of nature. That's just schizophrenic, irrational.
In our culture delinked the idea that the "bad" be condemned for all eternity collides with the idea of a merciful God (although later this same culture is vindictive, Peronist). Leaving aside the powerful reasoning that forgiveness requires the previous act of repentance, it must be said, and it is what I wish, to underline that such a question does not invalidate the judgement at the end of our lives. In our culture the question may arise in the terms that correspond to our knowledge and not to those of the middle ages, which is the background behind many of the criticisms and misunderstandings of judgment and punishment (this time is a greater acceptance of the final prize that can be reached without effort.
For judgment and punishment, the temporal dimension, one of the four in which we live, and not all of them that exist, is meaningless. What significance do physical categories have in the new state that begins with death? None. Starting with the "forever", in conditions where matter is not such, has "died"; that is, it has become more primary components, has lost its "form" and lacks consciousness. Conditions in which time does not exist, nor does it make sense to talk about the three dimensions of space. The instant is eternal, and eternity is an instant. Even here, in our daily lives, we have little experiences of this "no time"; sometimes it runs without our real perception corresponding to the way we measure it. In the new life after death, time does not exist as a fourth dimension, nor do the other three in life. This is the sense of eternity. The ancients could not use these terms, they were not resources at their fingertips, but we can and must.
In this context, the judgment of God is no other than the full lucidity of our consciousness, which is attained in the liberation of the body, the ability to objectively contemplate all that we have done and also, especially, its consequences that we have not wanted attending, looking, reflecting or being aware of them have been ignored because they were mediate, were produced through intermediate facts, known to us, but we considered that no longer concerned us even though we could avoid them. And then the lucidity with which we perceive the evil we have done for action and omission is the result of judgment and hell for many. Whether it will be eternal or not the truth is that I do not think it is relevant if time does not exist, in any case God will be the judge because it gives us the conditions of our perception, but the jury and the executioner we will be ourselves.
The consequence of the acts we perform is decisive in our salvation, something that our current culture plays against, because it stimulates the absence of responsibility. It is even possible, and of course it is a mere speculation, that the excessive growth of psychological, psychiatric and medical treatment needs generated by alterations of personality and behavior, by mental illnesses, by the immersion of a whole society in the drugs, legal and illegal, be the revolt of our conscience, a warning of how we confuse the good with our passions. This goes well with psychosomatic medicine and the biblical tradition, in which the healing of the body goes through the soul.
How to lead our lives to reach the fullness in the other? God has always given all men the way of natural law to achieve it, and fullness through Jesus Christ. This is the way of God, which we follow by the grace of faith, but I know of others who do it without it, with poor but hard help of reason, because they know how to understand the magnitude of what it proposes. It finds the discernment of life necessary to do good and to avoid evil, and to do it together with the human fraternity in the time and privileged place that he arranged to provide us with his church.