kirk5a wrote:The Buddha says this is wrong view, why, because it isn't true.
I don't think that's quite accurate, or even a complete picture:
Even if we didn't speak of the next world, and there weren't the true statement of those venerable brahmans & contemplatives, this venerable person is still praised in the here-&-now by the wise as a person of good habits & right view: one who holds to a doctrine of existence. If there really is a next world, then this venerable person has made a good throw twice, in that he is praised by the wise here-&-now; and in that — with the break-up of the body, after death — he will reappear in the good destination, the heavenly world. Thus this safe-bet teaching, when well grasped & adopted by him, covers both sides, and leaves behind the possibility of the unskillful.
I also don't think that the "next world" necessarily have to refer to literal rebirth, strictly. It could be a world that continues after a person dies, and what kind of world that will be, would be based on the kamma.
The only thing that most people would know is that they're existing right now, in this world... which logically would be the "next world" for those who came before us. They also know for sure that they have absolutely no memories of their old lives, that could help with their own current Dhamma practice.
If they want to help their own practice, how can they make sure that the next time they die, and pop up again (if that ever happens), especially without any memories, that they'll pop up in a good world, so that this practice will continue to develop? If it turns out they don't pop up again, then whatever they've done would make up the "next" world for others who want to practice. I think this is basically a good place to start, for most.