Posts tagged ‘death’
I am thankful for Justin’s article yesterday. It allows us to confront, and even express what our beliefs ultimately boil down to. But I want to here extend this question to Christians. I want to know the ‘modern’ Christian’s view of Death, and the Afterlife. As a Christian, I held the traditional Baptist view of Heaven as eternal paradise for the saved, and Hell as eternal torment for the damned. But since coming online, I am surprised to learn how many differing beliefs there are even amongst Christians.
Justin said in his last article,
Many Christians find it comforting in knowing that death has been conquered, relieving humanity from guilt and fear.
If you are a Christian, I would like to know if Justin’s statement is true for you, especially if you are one who believes in eternal damnation for the unsaved.
Like Justin, I am not trying to entrap Christians into engaging in debate (which I really am tired of)…
This post is somewhat atypical in that it is not meant to present arguments “for” or “against” religion. Instead, it is more of an inquiry from a curious Christian. As many De-Conversion readers know, Christian theology is full of text regarding the afterlife, Kingdom of God, and so on. Many Christians find it comforting in knowing that death has been conquered, relieving humanity from guilt and fear. But what does the Atheist think?
No, I am not wondering about what the Atheist thinks about the Christian view of death. I am curious to know the thoughts and feelings Atheists have regarding it. This can be hard to do (for Christians and Atheists alike) in that we often talk about death philisophically. In other words, we often forget that we will die. Reflecting on that very notion and making it a reality can be troublesome…
I have never had so much peace about dying as I have since I believe there is no god – and by default, no afterlife. Even as a christian, one always has that nagging doubt about whether you have committed the unpardonable sin, or that god doesn’t really want you, or that you just are not good enough – that not even god can save someone so horrible.
I am in a new place now. I am in complete peace that when I die that is it. My life is over and nothing will happen afterwards. My new outlook prompts me to make the most of my life while I still breathe. This is a wonderful way to live.
Now I know the christians will come around and send me to hell, but the truth of the matter is that I do not believe hell exists so that game of fear no longer works on me. Sorry. :) - Stellar1