Let me elaborate philosophically on one more thing: Everlasting life (which is different than eternal life)
To be intellectually honest, there can be only two occidental views:
A. We are the product of purposeless material evolution, our life has no ultimate meaning, and there is no after life, or
B. We are the product of creation by an intelligent being (the only known source for specified information), our life has meaning, and there is an after life.
I would direct your attention to the central portions of my statements. Unless one can dissect my statements otherwise, then to have meaning in life is to affirm B. I for one find great meaning in life, but I also affirm B. I hope your dad does too.
If we consider the orient, then we must allow for circular time and reincarnation (which is impersonal) and the theories of Karhma (which actually impede notions of compassion and justice). For me, (as for most westeners) time is linear so I reject the oriental alternatives.
Eddy M. del Rio, MD
"A smattering will not do. They must know all the keys, major and minor, and they must literally 'know them backwards.'" - Josef Lhevinne