Does Life End at Death?

Steven - Louisville, Kentucky
Entered on April 2, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: afterlife

I believe in life after death, but not only that. I believe that when people die, sometimes they remained tied to this earth. Whether it is grief, revenge, fear of judgment, or any other reason that holds them here, I don’t know, but they are here.

Many of us refute the idea of spirits. We claim that since there is no scientific evidence, they cannot exist. “But why not?” I ask. We have had many scientists disproved when they were 99.9 percent certain they were right. For example, in Africa for many years people claimed to see an animal that looked like an infant horse and had the legs of a zebra. Scientists regarded the sightings as false and ignored them until 1913 when one of the elusive animals was captured and named “okapi”. A similar situation happened with the platypus. Just because there is no hard proof, does not mean that the possibility is gone. Even though scientists cannot prove that ghosts exist, I still choose to believe that they do.

Beyond just accepting that ghosts can exist, we need to acknowledge their existence. We’ve all seen the shows like, A Haunting and many others, but I don’t think we ever really understand what’s happening until we have experienced these things for ourselves. I have a Chinese teacher at my high school that did his college thesis on the supernatural and took one day to talk about it. It was a very moving class. He went through and talked about how he attended an exorcism, and it changed him. He said that there were things that we could not imagine. He heard screams from the possessed that sent a chill up his spine and made him relive every mean thing he’s ever done. Then he told us that even with the presence of these evils, it gives light to religion, to the fact that God exists, and that we have something waiting for us after death.

In the end, to believe is better than to not believe, and even if I’m wrong, what do we have to lose? There is nothing worse than doing nothing, and I have many more reasons to believe than not to, so I believe in ghosts.