Can there be a logical explanation related to the existence of the hereafter? Will you evaluate the possibilities for the existence or non-existence of a life after this worldly life?

The Answer

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Dialogue of Two Babies and Logic of Afterlife

The comparison of concept between the life of a child in the womb and the world life is likened to the comparison between the world and the hereafter. The similarities between the view of a child in the womb on the world and the view of a person in the world on the Hereafter and similar mistakes are dealt with as follows in the “Twenty-Ninth Flash” written by Badiuzzaman Said Nursi:

“Similarly, a child who comes to the world from the womb of his/her mother attains the happiness of the world in return for the suffering in the tunnel.

Back direction: If those who come from behind are viewed from philosophical viewpoint, the following question cannot be answered: ‘Where are they coming from and where are they going? Why did they come to the world?’ Therefore, it will bring about astonishment and hesitation. However, if they are viewed through the glasses of belief, it will be understood that they are sent to the world by the Pre-Eternal Sultan to see and meditate on the miracles of the divine power displayed in the exhibition of the universe.”1

After passing through a narrow and troubled tunnel, a child in the womb attains the light and bliss in the world. Before the child is born, he questions the existence of world life while he is still in the womb. Let us narrate this questioning with a story:

There are two babies in the womb and they try to analyze postnatal life by talking to each other about the life after the womb. The first baby:

—We will not stay here permanently; we will move on to a life where we will remain permanently after birth. Everyone knows this life. We must be prepared for that life; we must strengthen ourselves against the things will happen after birth.

When we look at the unborn baby, we see that he makes some movements that he does not need there. For example, he sucks his thumb, makes a sucking movement with his lips, swallows the water in the womb though it does not have any nutritional value, makes it go round his body and takes it out. Thus, he makes his stomach and intestines work, exercising for digestion after birth. He activates the speech center of his brain with lip movements.

Prenatal psychology examines psychology before birth. In this branch of psychology, they compare children born through normal delivery with those born by cesarean delivery. They prick a needle in their heels and look at the stress hormones. It is observed that less stress hormone is secreted when the needle is inserted into the heel of the child that passed through the birth canal with difficulty, and stress hormone is secreted by the child born by cesarean section. It is understood that the distress and difficulty experienced while passing through the birth canal gives the child endurance.

The first baby continues to question:

- Since we don’t use organs like arms, legs, ears and eyes here, it means we will need them after we leave here.

  The second baby says:

- No, I don’t think so. It’s all here, and I don’t think there will be another life later; and I don’t think of that life.

The first baby continues:

- Since a mouth is given to us, it means there is food; since eyes are given to us, it means there is light; since we move our lips, it means we will talk; we have an umbilical cord, which means that there is someone who feeds us.

This baby makes predictions about the next life based on the behaviors in the womb. He collects evidence from life in the womb for postnatal life. He says that the existence of postnatal life is more likely than its non-existence. The second baby continues to deny:

- I look at the present day. I believe in what I see; I don’t believe in what I don’t see.

The first baby says he believes there is a mother:

- I don’t see her, but I believe there is a mother because she feeds us with the umbilical cord; she doesn’t allow us to catch a cold; there’s a force that protects us from being ill.

The second baby denies it:

- I don’t see a mother. Why should I believe? If she existed, we would see her.

The first baby continues to say how she feels about the mother:

I sometimes hear a voice, a song when it is silent around. My intuition says that there is someone who loves me. Sometimes I feel she caresses me.

The other baby continues to deny by saying that some things happen by chance. That discussion takes place between the two babies.

A similar dialogue will emerge when we consider the talk between two people one of whom believes in the Hereafter and the other does not, just like those two babies. When the person who believes in the Hereafter looks at his desire for eternal life, it makes no sense that everything will end after death. Food, drinking, saving money and being rich, etc. become meaningless.

If the feeling of hunger in the stomach shows the food, if to see something beautiful shows the feeling of love and leads man to perfection, if the permanency of this system disturbs man and makes him want eternal bliss, they all show that eternal life is necessary. Man’s spirit will be satisfied only by eternity; his psychological needs will be met only by eternal bliss.

The existence of a power that we cannot see but we can feel, that protects us from dangers, whose help we feel when we pray at critical times is much more likely than its non-existence. The feelings, organs, ways of reasoning, reason in man indicate that it should exist. Therefore, the existence of the Hereafter is the closest view to reason and reality. If there is no life after this world life, there is no point in living in this world.

1Nursi, B. S. Şuâ’alar. Rnk Neşriyat, Istanbul, 2014, p. 752.

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