The Long Journey Home... by luvmynynix

The Long Journey Home...

I've always been fairly fascinated with the truth about the process of what happens to you when you die. I love reading books/watching movies that explore different ideas. If it is true that holding on to those we love makes it more difficult for them to pass, then I imagine the world is filled with the ghosts of children. For how could one ever let go of their child?
This is great in black and white. Your title says it all.
December 2nd, 2013  
Please pardon my long dissertation Laurie.
This is a question that has baffled the minds of people since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden when man first experienced death. From a Biblical point of view, the topic of what happens after death isn't explained in plain terms. But, there are some references which can and have been taken different ways as to that happens to us. For example, the Gospel of Luke records the dialog between Jesus and the two thieves that were crucified with Him:
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?
41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
There are some differences of opinion between Bible scholars as to were and what paradise is. Some think Jesus was referring to heaven while other believe there is a holding place for the righteous who have died awaiting the resurrection. One critical point here is that there seems to be no further work done by those in this location or state. Regardless of whether we take it as Heaven itself or a holding area for the righteous awaiting resurrection, their fate seems to be already determined. It also seems to be a place of pleasure, not torment or toil.
Again in the Gospel of Luke a parable that Jesus told is recorded. This parable is called "The rich man and Lazarus." This is a different Lazarus then the brother of Mary and Martha that Jesus raised form the dead. This Lazarus is a poor beggar man who laid outside the gate of the rich man's home:
19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.
20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried.
23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.
24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’
25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’
27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”
This parable indicates two holding places for those who die waiting for the resurrection. One for the righteous and and another place for the unrighteous. In reality, I believe that when the time comes for a person to die, that a person holding on to them will not deter their dying. I do not believe in ghosts even though there are many who do. Even in the Bible the words ghost is used. In the King James version of the Bible the third person of the Trinity is referred to as the Holy Ghost, which came about because an old English word gast was used. Most modern Bible translations now refer to Him as the Holy Spirit.
As mentioned above, when we die our spirits go to one of two places. Either heaven or hell or to one of the two holding places in Hades depending on a choice we need to make while alive. Whether we accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah and the Son of God or we reject Him. What people see that they claim are ghosts are actually demons mimicking ghosts to deceive. I have heard a number of people say that when we die we become angels. Or that a loved one who has died is an angel and they are watching over them. That is not true. Human beings cannot become angels. Angels are special created beings of God who were made to be His servants. When Lucifer, Satan, an angel, turned against God he and many other angels who followed him were cast out of heaven by God and they took on demonic appearances, but are capable of appearing in different forms. In II Corinthians 11 it says, "And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light" so he can deceive mankind.
December 2nd, 2013  
Quite a haunting image. Good work.
December 2nd, 2013  
Deb
Great shot! The title is perfect!
December 2nd, 2013  
I think that is something that we all think about from time to time, and it is hard letting go of those we love so dearly, especially a child. For those of us who hold onto our faith in God, it does offer us some hope. Many may argue it is a waste of time, but that's ok. It is what we need to make it through those difficult times. One day we will find out whether it was worth it all. I want to be the optimist in this case.
December 2nd, 2013  
Beautifully composed.
December 3rd, 2013  
A very moving image....in so many ways.
December 3rd, 2013  
It is difficult, very difficult. I hate to say I know what it is like--my best friend lost her daughter who was a daughter to me too. It's a long and lonely road, but we cling to the remembrances and if those are ghosts, then I welcome them. :). This is a beautiful image Laurie.
December 3rd, 2013  
@darylo Ugh! It has to be my biggest fear...almost to the point where it gets in the way! I can't even imagine! I am so sorry for your loss. I do remember the photo of the butterfly for her. I just don't know how people continue on after something like that! I know a few myself unfortunately. So tragic!
December 3rd, 2013  
touching capture....and so true!
December 3rd, 2013  
@luvmynynix Our neighbor recently lost their infant to a fever of all things. It's so incredibly painful. The ache just never goes away. It gets better, and I've witnessed it, but there's an empty space. This thanksgiving, I showed my friend a photo we have of her son when he was young, and right there in his face was Correy. We smiled so wide and cried too--just to see her in him.
December 3rd, 2013  
@darylo It pops up like that when you least expect it. I lost my mom (different kind of loss, but still deeply painful) four and a half years ago and I still go to call her every now and then.
December 3rd, 2013  
very wistful and sentimental shot! beautifully done!
December 3rd, 2013  
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