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 The concept of 'the rainbow bridge'. What do you believe?

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PostSubject: Re: The concept of 'the rainbow bridge'. What do you believe?   Sun Apr 12, 2015 9:13 pm

The concept is beautiful. It brings peace and smiles to my heart to think that I have a good chance of someday having the chance to meet and mingle with the best friends I ever had.

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PostSubject: Re: The concept of 'the rainbow bridge'. What do you believe?   Sun Apr 12, 2015 10:02 pm

It's interesting that this thread has resurfaced. It's something I've been struggling with recently after the loss of our Myles kitty.

I have never been religious. Scientifically, my mind cannot rationalize that there is any sort of "afterlife". To me, once you have passed, you're gone. I've been struggling with this belief lately because it means that there is no comfort factor. Everyone says "he's in a better place now" but I have a hard time with that. To me, the best place for him was with us, getting as much love as possible. However, this has made it much harder for me to come to terms with loss. In the end though, I just don't think I will ever rationally be able to 'believe' in anything.
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PostSubject: Re: The concept of 'the rainbow bridge'. What do you believe?   Sun Apr 12, 2015 10:10 pm

Hughie wrote:
Liz I know what you mean.  I can't watch the movie "Micheal" with John Travoltra because the little dog gets run over by the truck.  My wife says, "but he brings him back to life," doesn't help.  He was still running to the road and I still get that helpless feeling that I know what is going to happen and can't do anything to stop it.

Hughie - we understand from the bottom of our soul.  Kids have been at us to see House of Cards.  Last month, showed up from our Netflix queue.  We didn't get past the first scene...Husband was enormously upset "click" you're outta here.  And it is never to be put on the queue again.

The only other movie to have such an abrupt ends was Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct.  The knife went up, the remote came out..."click - you're outta here" lol!

Sara - I don't know if there is an afterlife but for me, after the initial pain, the loss eases, the good memories come more and more to the forefront and afterlife or not, they live on in our memories, our life. Takes a while to get there, though, you have my sympathies.
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PostSubject: Re: The concept of 'the rainbow bridge'. What do you believe?   Sun Apr 12, 2015 10:34 pm

Resurrection of a long dead thread ... there has to be another life?  

Like many here, I was raised Catholic but in my teen years just couldn't accept many of the absolutes.  Then came Vatican II and a lot of those absolutes weren't so absolute anymore and I had to question how they could believe something one day and say it didn't matter the next.  (( am I off topic yet?? ))

I've wandered all over the religious landscape, Jewish, Buddhist, Shinto, various Christian denominations and find myself a diest.  I believe in a being who is more than we are but who or what that being is - beats me; like many I call him the creator, but accept that creation may have been the long process of evolution.  

I've looked at the question of an afterlife and decided that I simply don't know and don't feel there's any solid evidence either way.  There is some life force - call it the soul if it pleases thee - but what happens to it when we die, again, is beyond my ken.  Maybe I'll find out someday, then again maybe I won't.  Whether it's the intelligence of the human, porpoise, great ape or that of a cat or a dog - I feel that that life force continues in some fashion.  

I would like to meet my family and friends - two and four legged - again someday, but they do still live on for me in my memories of them.  Some pleasant, some not so - those memories of my four legged friends are all pleasant; possibly at the end they weren't quite so but as Amy says, in time the good memories come to the fore.

Edit: @Sheba&Kennedy, I just watched the movie Fluke that has to be one of the sweetest tear jerkers I've seen in a long time. Think I"m done with the movies for tonight ... that one's going to take some time to settle.


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PostSubject: Re: The concept of 'the rainbow bridge'. What do you believe?   Mon Apr 13, 2015 5:37 am

I was raised christian/pentecostal. I like the idea of Rainbow Bridge..it made my girlfriend feel a little better when her lab horribly passed away at 13 yrs old (he was attacked). I never knew of this idea until that happened a few months ago. Now to continue on the religion thing…being the son of a minister, I never questioned anything or thought outside the box…it wasn't until 9th grade. I started to really think about things that I've been brought up in. Today, while I may not feel the same way about christianity, I do believe that there is some sort of master behind all of this and life cannot just be over after our hearts stop. Now I see that religion keeps you stuck in a box. Church is a club and a business. I disagree with the Tithe, it was an old law that doesn't apply to the church but today this is enforced to secure money. No one ever questions it's purpose.
Being a hired church musician, I know having these thoughts is troubling but, I still enjoy doing it very much and in the end..it's work in a positive environment.

When I start thinking about death/life it freaks me out a little bit because just imagine when our heart stops we die, what will it be, will we just see a black void of nothing, do we forget who we are, all this time we lived wasted, was nothing???
What if we die and then get transported to another galaxy?
What if our life is just a dream and we are all asleep?

Ahh it feels good to type these thoughts here. I've only ever talked with my girlfriend about this topic.
Oh and in the end, I would love to one day reunite with my boy Mylo in the next life. Just thinking about losing him makes my eyes watery. He is so much more than just a dog. I always like to blabber and say that hes gonna live 30 yrs but I know thats not possible. Sigh.

I'm glad these opinons and thoughts can be expressed here without being slammed and everyone respects each other.. This is what it's all about. Sharing opinions gives you perspective.
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PostSubject: Re: The concept of 'the rainbow bridge'. What do you believe?   Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:02 pm

Coming from the Messianic Jewish perspective I'd say yes there are animals in Heaven and in the New Jerusalem. The bible says it's so in several places. Whether these are new animals or our old friends is never clarified though Psalms 104 gives me the hope that I'll get to see Anushka and Hannah again. The same word to describe animals spirits in that passage is the same as that used to describe the spirit of humans back in Genesis. That gives me peace. I can't imagine Heaven without Anushka and Hannah being there to while away eternity with.
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