I've said it before and I'll say it again. Every chance I get, I study the work and literature of some of the greatest thinkers in the history of the world. Philosophers such as Epicurus, Confucius, Rene Descartes, Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, Socrates (executed in 399 BC for failing to acknowledge the God that the city acknowledged), Plato (his spiritual beliefs were often portrayed in storybook fashion but he warned that the stories were just tales because as mortals we could never understand), and a few others.
None of the aforementioned great sages of antiquity could tell us what an angel is and I'm certainly not taking the word of someone today that's usually trying to sell Christianity, Islam, a website, a book, or simply trying to sell their short-sighted opinions on what or who lies beyond the grave.
A good 98% of the pundits are not speaking for themselves but are speaking from a totally conditioned and brainwashed perspective. I am so SICK of Christians in religious debates starting most of their responses off with, "The Bible says this, that, or the other." I'm sick of it because most Christians refuse to acknowledge that the Bible is their "Be all that ends all" book, and theirs alone. Most erudite non-Christians realize that to even have a clue you must read voraciously, all types of books on the topic of spirituality, coupled with your own life experiences. You still won't know, but at least you will be able to speak intelligently and objectively on the subject.
Like clockwork they pull this Holy Book out of the hat and think that ends the conversation. At the same time, most Christians have no answer, nor do they care to address all the nonsense that exist in their "Holy Book," right alongside the Golden Rule, and how much God or Jesus loves us. If the Bible is an indication of God's love I think I'll pass.
The celebration of Easter is related to the Passover story in the Bible (Exodus 12). If you haven't already, read it; it's a most horrific story and paints God out to be a murderous psychopath. That's just one of many ridiculous stories that exist in a book that, after it's all said and done, will be the most destructive and divisive book known to man.
The primary reason we are so off base in our postulations, when it comes to religion, spirits, spirituality, and other ecclesiastical concepts, is because we are trying to explain 4th, 5th, and higher dimension reality, from a 3-dimensional viewpoint. That's not possible.
96% of the universe is referred to as "Dark Matter" because scientist have only been able to explore only 4% which includes earth and earth's solar system. Aside from that, we have no idea the number of other solar systems, planets, suns, galaxies that exist in the 96% that we cannot see.
It is a very strong possibility that our immortality will take us to those other worlds at some point in our evolution.