Next stop, heaven? 2 in 3 people say they’re not afraid of what happens after death

SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom — Is there really an afterlife? While most people think humans will never be able to prove what happens after death, half of adults still believe their spirit lives on — somewhere.

The new survey of over 1,000 people in the United Kingdom, commissioned by SpiritShack Ltd, finds 50 percent of respondents believe in an afterlife. Of this group, 60 percent believe everyone experiences the same thing when they die — regardless of their individual beliefs. However, two in three believe scientists will never be able to tell us what really happens when someone passes.

Regardless of whether people think they’re going to heaven (55%) or worry their life choices could end up sending them to hell (58%), the poll finds 68 percent of all respondents have no fear of what comes next. However, 69 percent would rather live another life after leaving this one instead of simply seeing their existence end.

As for what people think heaven or hell may be like, 28 percent say their religion has shaped their opinions, while another 23 percent say a personal experience with death molded their views. Overall, one in four think people go to heaven or hell, 16 percent believe they’ll exist in a “spiritual realm,” and 16 percent believe in reincarnation.

All dogs go to heaven

No matter where we go after death, it’s safe to stay many people hope to reunite with loved ones from this life. Unsurprisingly, that also includes giving our furry friends one more hug!

Nearly half the poll (45%) believe their pets end up in the same place they do when we all die. Two in five think they’ll reunite with their pets in the afterlife. Interestingly, most respondents added that they believe their pets come back through reincarnation — even though only one in six say the same about humans.

For those who can’t wait to reunite with their loved ones, one in three admit they’ve tried to contact the dead. More than two in five people claim they’ve felt the presence of a dead relative and 30 percent think it’s possible to communicate with these people.

Among those trying to contact the dead, 52 percent have had a medium help them, 33 percent have turned to prayer, and 18 percent have broken out the Ouija board. One in five people say they’d pay over $1,300 to talk to a dead relative again.

Going to a better place?

No matter what happens after death, respondents are confident it’ll actually be an improvement over their current life. The poll finds adults think heaven provides people with a chance to recapture the things they’ve lost throughout their life.

The vast majority (86%) think the afterlife involves a sense of peace and 66 percent describe it as a place of happiness. Three in five adults believe there will be no more suffering when they die.

However, respondents think there are a few conditions people need to follow in order to reach this peaceful realm. Over four in five people (84%) say you have to live a good life and be a generally good person to reach heaven. One in three claim you have to place your faith in a higher power to reach the afterlife and one in five say it requires you to confess all your sins.

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  1. Everyone instinctively knows that there is an eternity beyond this life, but many are blinded to the truth, or have never really been interested in seeking out the truth or know the truth but simply ignore it. Death will bring each one of us face-to-face with the reality and one out of one dies and there will be judgment. The story of the Bible is not one of people doing their best and it all works out in the end. Your eternal soul will live on to a lost eternity alone or united with Christ. The good news of the Gospel is the death of death made possible at the foot of the cross for me and for you, by the death of Jesus who died a death he did not deserve and bore the punishment and lost eternity that I do deserve. There is no refuge from him, there is only refuge in him.

    1. The only way to be saved from hell is to believe on Christ on what he has done for us. Repenting of sins and accepting Jesus as your savior does not save anyone, it is only by believing the death burial and resurrection, believe that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures and he was buried and he rose again the third day according to the scriptures, believe only that and you will be saved sealed until the day of redemption. Your past, present, and future sins will be all forgiven.

  2. The ending should read, “In reality, we can tell you that only 42 people out of 1000 are actually going to heaven. The other 958 are going to hell and will be crying out in agony for eternity because they rejected God.” Just the facts.

    1. The only way you know that someone is saved is by their profession of faith, what is their profession of faith, is it by their own works plus believing or is it by faith alone in Christ alone?

  3. if you look around this lost world, something is VERY wrong. The ship is sinking! world systems are collapsing. “Normal” is NOT coming back. Jesus IS coming back. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the lifeboat for the Titanic that this world now is. None of us can save ourselves. But we are all lost. Salvation is a FREE gift, completely undeserved. Jesus Christ has made a way to God for ruined, sinful mankind through His death, burial and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). He paid our sin debt through His precious life’s blood. Believe and accept His Salvation today. Tomorrow is not guaranteed.
    That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:9-10, 13).

  4. I think it’s a stretch to think a human that only exists to be about seventy five years old would spend an eternity in hell, that punishment does not meet the crime for a loving God

  5. Pray to Jesus and admit to Him that you’re a sinner. Tell Him that you repent of your sins and ask for forgiveness. Ask Him to be Lord of your life and to come live inside of your heart. Ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit and He will give you power. Please do not wait another day to put your faith in Jesus. Pray to receive Him into your heart today. Today is the day of salvation. Tomorrow is not guaranteed and you do NOT want to spend eternity in hell if you were to die tomorrow. The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. We cannot earn salvation. We can never be “good” enough. The good news is that Jesus died so that through faith in Him, our sins are forgiven. It’s only through faith in Jesus that we can have the right standing with God.

    I implore you to put your faith in Jesus today. Jesus is the way. He is the answer. He loves you so much. God bless.

    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”
    -John 3:16‭-‬18

    “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
    -John 14:6 ESV

    “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”
    -Romans 10:9‭-‬11

    “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he makes sinners right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.”
    -Romans 3:23‭-‬26

    “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
    -Ephesians 2:8‭-‬9

    “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”
    -Revelation 3:20

  6. Know that, like me, you are a sinner before God. Ask Him for forgiveness for your sins and turn from them. The blood of Jesus Christ was shed as payment for all your sins. They are paid for. All you need do is turn from your sin and ask for God’s pardon and forgiveness.

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