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Why We Die: from ancient to modern ideals

Death is understood as a part of our life . In ancient times , it was not as accepted . Manysearched for immortality , people ran after various myths and legends of a 'fountain of youth' and'golden fleece' to give us eternal life .

Along with the fables of potions and objects to prevent death , came the assumptions of why wedie .

Numerous philosophers and poets gave their explanations , some ancients believed death wasa curse on humans whereas pagan gods were immune to this curse , those gods could alsoremove this curse through a human/god marriage or sacred rituals .

Buddhism and Islam on the other hand, agree that death is a cycle: 

Buddha:  " Each being has had countless previous lives and will continue to be reborn again and again"

 
Allah: "And among His Signs in this: thou seest the earth barren and desolate; but when We send down rain to it, it is stirred to life and yields increase. Truly, He Who gives life to the (dead) earth can surely give life to (men) who are dead. For He has power over all things."

The only difference is that Buddhists believeyou come back to earth, while Islam teaches you leave the earth:
 
Allah: "On the Day that Allah will raise them all up (again) and show them the Truth (and meaning) of their conduct. Allah has reckoned its (value), though they may have forgotten it, for Allah is Witness to all things."

This verse is speaking about one day in that all those who died, will be brought back to life to be judged.

Who is correct ?

The flaw in the Buddhist theory is that it was a great explanation of death thousands of years ago, how else could one explain that one person dies and another is born ?

Reincarnation thousands of years ago was the only logical excuse for the phenomenon of death and birth.

But now in the year 2001, we see that reality is more in line with the Islamic explanation of life and death for the simple reason of "population growth".

What we mean by this is that according to World Population Trends, the number of humans is severely increasing, so this discredits the theory of Buddhism in that one person dies and is re-born.

For Buddhism to be considered true in this day and age, if a person dies, he or she would have to be re-born into three people to keep up with the world's population growth facts.

The current annual population increase of about 80 million will continue until 2015, then increase even more.

While in the Verse from the Holy Quran above, Allah says "..and yields increase.." confirming to the world centuries ago that the population is and will be increasing.

Therefore the theory of Buddha thousands of years ago may have appeared valid, but today it is unrealistic that we die only to be immediately reborn into the earth, because this theory is mathematically incorrect.

If 1 person dies, then according to Buddhism, 1 person is born back into the earth.  So then where is all the other life on earth coming from ?  Life on earth is increasing rapidly proving the words of Allah and disproving the theory of Budhism.
 
 

Estimated World Population
source: Popexpo
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World Population Growth from Year 0 to 2050  
Year
Population (in billions)
Source
 
0 0.30 Durand
1000 0.31 Durand
1250 0.40 Durand
1500 0.50 Durand
1750 0.79 D & C
1800 0.98 D & C
1850 1.26 D & C
1900 1.65 D & C
1910 1.75 Interp.
1920 1.86 WPP63
1930 2.07 WPP63
1940 2.30 WPP63
1950 2.52 WPP98
1960 3.02 WPP98
1970 3.70 WPP98
1980 4.44 WPP98
1990 5.27 WPP98
1998 5.90 WPP98
2000 6.06 WPP98
2010 6.79 WPP98
2020 7.50 WPP98
2030 8.11 WPP98
2040 8.58 WPP98
2050 8.91 WPP98
Sources:
Durand: J.D. Durand, 1974. Historical Estimates of World Population: An Evaluation (University of Pennsylvania, Population Studies Center, Philadelphia), mimeo.  
  D&C: United Nations, 1973. The Determinants and Consequences of Population Trends, Vol.1 (United Nations, New York).
  WPP63: United Nations, 1966. World Population Prospects as Assessed in 1963 (United Nations, New York).
  WPP98: United Nations, (forthcoming). World Population Prospects: The 1998 Revision (United Nations, New York).

This shows that since the time of Buddah, the population increased 800%, so viewing the theory of reincarnation in the year 2001 and looking back to the days of Buddah, then if a person died, he or she would now be 800 different people living amongst us
 
World Population Milestones
World Population reached:

1 billion in 1804
2 billion in 1927 (123 years later)
3 billion in 1960 ( 33 years later)
4 billion in 1974 ( 14 years later)
5 billion in 1987 ( 13 years later)

World Population may reach:

6 billion in 1999 ( 12 years later)
7 billion in 2013 ( 14 years later)
8 billion in 2028 ( 15 years later)
9 billion in 2054 ( 26 years later)

Source: United Nations Population Division, World Population Prospects: The 1998 Revision, forthcoming.
 
Population for World and Major Areas, 1750-2050
A. Population size (millions)
Major area
1750
1800
1850
1900
1950
1998
2050
World 791 978 1262 1650 2521 5901 8909
Africa 106 107 111 133 221 749 1766
Asia 502 635 809 947 1402 3585 5268
Europe 163 203 276 408 547 729 628
Latin America and the Caribbean 16 24 38 74 167 504 809
Northern America 2 7 26 82 172 305 392
Oceania 2 2 2 6 13 30 46
B. Percentage distribution
Major area
1750
1800
1850
1900
1950
1998
2050
World 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Africa 13.4 10.9 8.8 8.1 8.8 12.7 19.8
Asia 63.5 64.9 64.1 57.4 55.6 60.8 59.1
Europe 20.6 20.8 21.9 24.7 21.7 12.4 7.0
Latin America and the Caribbean 2.0 2.5 3.0 4.5 6.6 8.5 9.1
Northern America 0.3 0.7 2.1 5.0 6.8 5.2 4.4
Oceania 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.4 0.5 0.5 0.5
Sources: United Nations, 1973. The Determinants and Consequences of Population Trends, Vol.1 (United Nations, New York).

United Nations, (forthcoming). World Population Prospects: The 1998 Revision (United Nations, New York).

This chart shows that Africa, a majority non-Buddhist/Muslim population, will have a higher increase rate of births than the entire group of countries in Asia, also disproving the reincarnation theory that non-Buddhists return as non-humans.

In conclusion, we see that Islam the modern religion provides answers to life's mysteries and challenges, rather than coming back to earth, come to Heaven.

Peace

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