Wait a minute, I have a few questions to ask these church leaders, including the Pope, about some complications that are popping up. How can you exercise Free Will if you, because you were born, before Christ, or in a culture which isn’t Christian, you don’t even know about this choice, after all, being born at the right time and in the “right” culture is just a matter of chance, not a free choice.
Another problem is that your awareness, as neuro-science now definitely has confirmed, is a brain-function. The knowledge of ‘who you are’ is how the synapses, chemical and electronic pathways are established in the brain to create the memories, which gives you the sense of ‘self‘. Without memory, such as in cases of total amnesia, you have no idea of who you were. To be able, in Heaven, to enjoy that eternal bliss as the person you were and meet your previous friends and family you will need this memory. Therefor it is necessary that the data in your brain, which depends on the actual brain, be transferred to a supposedly spiritual level at the time of death when the brain dies. That raises some other questions.
People die at different ages, so a 16 year old and a 94 year old would be that age forever? Alzheimer’s patients slowly, but cruelly, lose their awareness when the brain deteriorates. When they die, will the “awareness”, what ever is left, transfer to heaven at point of death, or is it restored to a time they were still fully aware and at what age? Babies who haven’t developed an awareness yet when they die, go to heaven, although they haven’t exercised their “Free Will” yet. Do they grow up in Heaven? What about the many people born feeble minded or with other severe mental deficiencies, and have severely limited awareness, continue these limitations forever? If they are recreated ‘normal’ in Heaven why were they born mentally handicapped in the first place? Please do not ignore these problems. Tell us exactly how ALL these and many others situations can be reconciled with the existence of the proposed afterlife on a supposedly spiritual plane of existence as opposed to the natural plane of existence that we all experience from day to day.
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