God sent a message.
That's a belief some hold, but there's no compelling evidence believers can advance to justify it.
Like all messages received by human beings, they interpret and change. Haven't you ever played the game where someone whispers something in the person next to them's ear. By the time it goes around a circle of people and returns it is totally distorted.
Sometimes the story has simply been made up in the first place.
That is human foible - why blame God? Perhaps a design flaw?
I don't really blame God as there is no good evidence that even suggests that such an entity exists. On the other hand, there is a good deal of compelling evidence that would imply that God likely doesn't exist.
And don't forget that the earth was flat!
It never was, although plenty of people believed it to be so. Belief, like faith, can be misleading.
Are you still there? The point is that most people do not see this life as an ending, but that a continuity exists.
No, the point is that popular belief is neither a guarantee of truth nor, for that matter, even an indication of truth.
What you label it or call it is of little consequence - it exists.
That, again, is merely a belief. There is no evidence that an afterlife is anything but the product of wishful-thinking.
I am sorry you don't believe it happened!
It didn't happen.
I have the scientific papers where it was written up for posterity!
Then cite them, including all the peer-reviewed papers.
You've either been fooled, or you're fibbing. Which is it?
Some people don't believe the holocaust happened either.
Unlike the 'spirit-has-weight myth' you have invoked, there is an enormous amount of objective and empirical evidence that the holocaust happened. Actually, there are very few people capable of analysing evidence who do not believe that the holocaust happened.
When my father died two nights in a row was a time to gather personal experience and evidence of a place of peace. On his return the nurse commented on the usual behavours of someone who had experienced this phenomena and he didn't fit the pattern. It was real. There is peace on the other side of death that is welcomed in the right spirit at the right time.
That is anecdotal and carries no evidential weight at all. Anecdotal stories would have us believe all kinds of silly and insupportable stuff.
I found my husband's dead body. Standing above it was his spirit which stayed throughout my grief filled organization of a funeral.
I'm sorry about your husband, but your grief and the shock of discovering his body likely caused you to hallucinate. Both my parents and four of my brothers have died. We were all very close. Not one of them appeared to me. My mind didn't demand it.
for me the comfort and solace was real.
I'm sure that it was, but that's the kind of thing the brain can produce when it's faced with extreme situations.
For this poor mother who was at the end of her emotional/mental/spiritual rope nothing could have helped her - even a belief in an afterlife - but she did believe they were better off on the 'other side'. This means she knew there was a place with less pain than the earth plane life.
No, it's not something that she "knew", it was something that she believed. Some people believe in fairies, goblins, and fire-breathing dragons. It doesn't mean that they are true because people believe in them. Reasonable people, as I've said before, have a higher standard of evidence than mere belief.
Humans have two well-known and deep-seated psychological needs: the need for security, and the need for survival. We have invented God to meet the first, and the hereafter to meet the second.
That too is how reincarnation got invested with so much hope.
The human need for continuance has manifested itself in many absurd beliefs, including reincarnation, resurrection, and a general belief in an after death. The only thing such beliefs have in common is the utter paucity of any empirical evidence. They are human inventions borne out of human need.
Life is too short so we want to extend it - there is no doubt that human minds have been a part of the creation of an afterlife and what it is like.
There is no doubt that the human mind is entirely the source of such notions.
Even near death experiences are rife with our own belief systems of what we will find - for the positive - which is most of them - there is a peace that brings them back with love - for some there is the opposite and they feel threatened. With or without science behind it there is the experience. And there are just too many to ignore.
While no one is denying the 'experiences', they can be satisfactorily explained without invoking any imagined afterlife. Nor do such experiences point to anything outside of the brain, and certainly not to any sort of transcendent realm.