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What is more frightening for you: eternal annihilation or eternal consciousness?

Why do you feel this way? And do you have any beliefs about an afterlife?

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  1. eternal fire.
    I believe in a heaven and in a hell, also in the aerial toll houses that were spoken about by the Saints of the Orthodox Church, that the soul must first pass 20 aerial toll houses, as in the case of St. Theodora.

  2. Eternal doesn’t exist. All things must pass.
    I don’t believe in an afterlife. We live until we don’t, and then we’re dead.

  3. eternal annihilation=sadface.
    Consciousness would be cool, because I’m sure I could find a way to rest it from time to time.
    Agnostic.

  4. Why would eternal consciousness be bad? That would indicate basically being alive forever. That sounds pretty cool. Do you mean like being tortured forever?

  5. 1. Annihilation is a one time event that takes place in a milisecond of time. Eternal consciousness is what you have now and will continue after death.
    #2. The Bible.
    #3. Luke 16:19-31
    The Rich Man and Lazarus
    19″There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
    22″The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23In hell,[a] where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’
    25″But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’
    27″He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house, 28for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
    29″Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
    30″ ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
    31″He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”
    God Bless

  6. Eternal annihilation implies that there is still some form of consciousness going on for it to be aware that it is eternal annihilation happening. So this may be no different from eternal consciousness.
    Let me answer this a different way. To know one has had the opportunity to know God and rejected it would be a certain eternal pain. What is then eternal annihilation? To annihilate means to wipe out, so that would suggest it would end at some point. But ending in absence of God isstill the worst situation. Eternal consciousnes implies an understanding and an affiliation with God, so is definately better than the former choice.

  7. I think eternal consciousness is worse, just because annihilation is not eternal–it’s temporary. According to that belief, you just burn until you die, and then you simply cease to exist. Eternal consciousness means that you burn for eternity. I believe that there is an afterlife, and that God loves all people and does not desire anyone to suffer. That is comforting for me, because I believe that God will bring all to Paradise who wish to be there. As for those who don’t want to be there… Well, I am not their judge.

  8. Without a doubt there is an afterlife. It must be good, because after my dad died he paid me a visit and said everything would be okay.
    Plus God actually spoke to me. Being in Gods presence is the most wonderful thing anyone can experience. But to have it eternally? There is a timelessness about it, so if that is what death is like, death isn’t such a bad thing for the dead.
    Having eternal life would be more frightening.

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