Scientifically speaking, the only hope of our consciousness surviving the physical death of our bodies is if the human mind actually operates above the terrestrial processes of the cortical brain, and outside of time and space itself.
While such a non-physical possibility lies outside of the observation of objective science and its methodology, it is something that can be rationally explored through the direct experiences of millions of people—everyday.
First of all, we can each directly experience that human thought and its information are not under the same constraints of physical space. A person can think about another geographical place without actually being there. Also, if you share half of your knowledge with another person you do not lose half of your knowledge (unlike when you share half of a physical apple, money, or any other physical object with another). Clearly, human thought transcends the laws and limitations of physical matter.
Then there is the human memory. Ordinarily, a physical event comes and goes (duration) over moments in time. But once the event is implanted in our memory, it gains an element of timelessness and perpetuity. The event can be recalled over and over again.
Not only do human thoughts and perceptions operate beyond time and space but these non-physical processes show real coherent and structural organization. The more rationally ordered our thoughts are, the greater our mental function of understanding and comprehension.
(Doesn’t angelic wisdom represent the epitome of such non-physical or heavenly structure?)
If human consciousness is both ordered and arranged, and operates beyond the constraints of physical time and space, how can any materialistic quality produce such non-materialistic results? Furthermore, how could any physical incident put an end to this non-material process which operates beyond terrestrial influence? (This non-material process of consciousness represents who we really are!)
Even when we are asleep, our minds are active and perceiving images through dreaming.
Another clue comes from that strange phenomenon called love. Neuroscientists are becoming more convinced that human emotion (derivatives of affection) sits in the cockpit of the human intellect. We are drawn to the thoughts, knowledge and ideas that favor and promote our emotional reality. Love represents some value in our lives. This is ironic because physical science does not include “values” in its models of reality. Human values provide the parameters, constraints and psychical “measurement” of our a-temporal and a-spatial intellect.
Religion often describes God’s Holy character as being one of Infinite Love.
Hmmm? It would seem that love would therefore play an important part in God’s creation—the formation of a non-physical heavenly kingdom from the human race!
Love survives death.