An Afterlife Investigator’s Perspective on God
What the evidence suggests about the Big Guy in the sky.
It’s always interesting when I talk about God in reference to my investigation of life after death. Most people associate God with what they’ve learned from their religion. An investigator, however, must view God from an angle unconstrained by beliefs, teachings (dogma), or even stories. An investigator draws conclusions by examining the evidence using logic, reason, and pragmatism. I begin my investigations without bias or expectation and draw conclusions only after gathering and examining the available evidence. In other words, I look at the evidence first and draw my conclusions second.
I grew up Catholic, so before I began my investigation of the afterlife, I needed to place all my learned beliefs into the category of unproven. To an investigator, the proof is determined by a preponderance of evidence. Evidence is objective, while proof is subjective. What might be determined as proof to one person might not be proof to another. Consequently, what matters most to an investigator is gathering as much evidence as possible before drawing any conclusions.
I never attempted to define God based on my investigation until I gathered about fifteen years of evidence. This was important—and quite difficult—because I wasn’t investigating God. I was investigating life after death, and God just happened to be the warden of this institution. Okay, now I’m just conjuring up images of hell as a prison by talking about a warden and institution, so I’ll abandon that imagery. Perhaps it’s better to say that God was most evidently the top dog of the afterlife, and yes, I’m bold enough to refer to God by reversing the letters because, well, dogs are about as close to God as any living being ever was.
What I learned about God in my investigation is both liberating and comforting. I’ll go so far as to say it’s freeing. It taught me how to answer the question, “How does God allow the suffering and tragedy we see in the world?” When your image of God is such that you can see innocent people and children suffer and no longer question God, it offers a sense of inner peace that holds more value than winning the lottery. That’s what today’s article is all about.