- Sep 12, 2012
Believing in god or in "a god" depends on how it is you believe.
I know a hell of a lot of devoted christians who dread in horror the very thought of dying and death. That makes absolutely no sense to me. If a christian believes in a god then why should a christian fear death? And if they fear death, then do they really believe in god or in "a god" in the first place?
For most christians I don't think they really know what the hell they believe in. I do know that most of them definitely believe in Donald Trump, isn't that a kick in the ass? Believing in Donald Trump and preaching Donald Trump from the pulpit?
I suppose that Trump christians feel Donald Trump delivered to them the overturning of Roe vs wade. A pretty hefty price to pay for alliance to an antichrist, and I ask was it worth it?
There might have been reason to believe in a god back when people were on their own and had no access to medical treatment or to doctors. As in the 1800's. 1700's. But today pills and medication are more popular than gods or a god. And when most christians fear death as they do today, then what is the point of believing in an afterlife or a god? What is it their god is suppose to do for them in times of need?
Like Jesus said hanging on the cross... forgive them, they're assholes.
Religion has done a huge disservice in regard to death.
Instead of being honest about death, children are told that they will one day see their grandmother in heaven. Pick the religon: Hinduism, Christanity, Islam, Judaism and even Buddhism. People are naturally fearful of death, and within every religion their is a promise of a heaven, and for the people who do wrong or sin there is hell. The truth is the universe does not care about us! In the grand scheme of life, we don't really matter. I'm not a nihilist in the sense that nothing matters, but within the time frame of the age of the earth (4.5b) and the universe (13.7b) we really don't matter. When we pass away our thoughts, goals, memories, family, etc. They are all going to vanish forever. That is a very difficult truth to process for many people. I was watching a video on YouTube about the 1940s. The people in the video were once alive. They once had goals, family, a career, and memories. All are now gone to time. Vanished forever. IMO, the Buddha was one of the only religious figures who told the turth about life. That the universe and our world is impermanent. That nothing last forever. Its the human experience. We grow up, get old, sick and die. That is our fate. And, it's this impermenance that causes us so much pain and suffering. Most people want to ignore this fact, and so religion fills that void. The dread of not being alive for eternity.
I've seen studies on people who fear death the most. What they found was the ultra religious, and the strong atheist feared death the least. It was the people who were in the middle who feared death the most. Also, the there are no atheist in fox hole argument has been debunked many times. The "you'll fear god on your deathbed" has been debunked. There have been plenty of atheist who have been on their death bed and they died as atheist. Christopher Hitchens, who was a staunch athiest, and who had written books like "God is Not Great" comes to mind. Also, stauch theist are atheist in regard to other religions. A Christian believes the Muslim, is wrong. The Muslim believes the Christian and Hindu is wrong. And so on... We are all atheist in that respect.
"I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.” ~Mark Twain.