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Over a third of Germans believe in life after death

The Local · 7 Apr 2012, 10:01

Published: 07 Apr 2012 10:01 GMT+02:00

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Around 36 percent of Germans said that they believed life continued beyond the grave when asked earlier in April.

Considerably fewer were those who said that they definitely did not believe that they would live on. For those 28 percent of Germans, death was the end.

A further 22 percent said they would live on through their offspring and in the memories of their friends and family according to the survey, which was published in the Bild daily newspaper on Saturday.

The number of Catholics who said they believed in life after death was 10 percent higher than among members of the Protestant church. At 49 percent, nearly half of those asked who were Catholic were gearing up for eternal life, opposed to just 39 percent of Protestants.

Ironically, fewer Germans who aligned themselves with the ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) said they believed in the afterlife than those who voted for the Green Party or the Pirate Party.

Around 35 percent of CDU voters said they believed in life after death, in comparison to 40 of Green Party voters and 39 percent of Pirate Party voters.

For the survey 2,085 Germans were questioned by the research institute YouGov, for INSA, between March 30 and April 2.

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12:51 April 7, 2012 by bobmarchiano
You could put it another way only 35 percent of Germans believe that

there is a God. If your a Christian and you believe in God then there is a Heaven
13:48 April 7, 2012 by Joseph Thomas
Just as it is myopic to think there is no life on distant planets, it is also myopic to think that all that exists is limited to the physical realm. There is beauty beyond, and beyond belief. Our belief or the lack thereof doesn't reduce, eliminate, or alter what is. One of the most intelligent (and staunch atheist) scientists from Switzerland realized this and converted to belief in a Creator.
14:57 April 7, 2012 by Englishted
Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?

Douglas Adams
15:21 April 7, 2012 by lordkorner
fortunately there is no celestial North Korea after you die......
19:53 April 7, 2012 by Jerr-Berlin
na ja...I guess 2 out of 3 believe in death after life eh...
09:53 April 21, 2012 by Sastry.M
Consider the following examples:

1. We all live and communicate in our present day existence and acknowledge our physical presence to our parents. Also we accept the lineage of our great grand parents whom mostly we have never seen. This establishes activities of physical (spatial) life forms in a parametric activity of continuous time.

2. We save required events of computer activity to memory which is 'remembered' each time a computer is switched off or reactivated. Similarly we remember previous activities passing through dreams as well as deep sleep states at night repose ,waking up to continue the next day. Point of note for analogy is that electrical energy is continuously made available by synthesis of human efforts of conscious working minds to enable activate intelligent computers while the human beings themselves are continuously 'kept' activated by a primary "consciousness" both during wakeful and sleep stages during an individual's life span until 'death'.

3. A secondary 'mind- created brain child' such as a computer may undergo many life-death states when switched 'on' and 'off' respectively, as long as a similar 'conscious' generated electrical power is readily made available continuously.

4. Suppose we completely clean erase all memory discs, storing required locally saved information by some means.We can reconstitute the same again after overhauling the machine.Usually we ignore e-mail communication info to save local memory space. We can recall the same,however, from electronic www. we have created terrestrially.

5.Summing up the above briefly, similar analogous .correlations lead us to insights between local and universal activities. We realize that "Consciousness" is primary and universal, as an All Integral Entity beyond all secondary 'modified' activities and known as "Samishti"in sanskrit. The individual activity ridden modifications as 'Space-

Time continuum' phenomena evolving from samishti are known as "Vyashti" which is the manifest Universe.

To conclude, even sentient life associated with physical forms, is but part of a continuous universal process ceasing temporarily in 'death' and awakening once again in 'birth' under various life spans. Only human beings can wrest themselves from this repeated ignorant cycles of birth and death realizing the eternal Vyashti, merging once and for all in it.
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