An Astonishing Admission
Even philosophers and atheists are somehow persuaded about the reality of a future life. For example, Bob Ingersoll, one of the most blatant and popular American infidels, once said, “You know, when we die we will say ‘We hope to meet again.’” What an astonishing admission on the part of an unbeliever!
Another American infidel, Tom Paine, in arguing for immortality said that to him it was unthinkable that God created the soul just to destroy it.
Plato in ancient literature says that all of the speculation and hope regarding immortality is the raft upon which our souls now are cast, waiting for some sure word on which we could be more securely and safely carried.
Cicero said, “There is, I know not how, in the minds of men a certain presage, as it were, of a future existence, and this takes the deepest root and is most discoverable in the greatest geniuses and most exalted souls.”
A prayer from Alfred, Lord Tennyson avows:
Ah Christ, that it were possible
For one short hour to see
The souls we loved, that they might tell us
What and where they be.
[from Maud, (Part II)]
We cannot deny that there is in the human heart a longing for God, a better life, a better world, and a life after death. There is no people, society, or tribe, however degraded, that does not believe in some kind of an afterlife. The early American Indian put a bow and arrow and a bowl of food in the grave of the Indian warrior to use in his happy hunting ground. The ancient Egyptian wrapped up and placed in the grave all the things that the deceased person possessed, so he could use them in a life that was to come. This belief in an afterlife is universal.