Good Grief! The Right Way To Do It!
I found another case where another believer thinks that life without god is ‘bleak’. For them, life has meaning only in belief in an after life
…if there is no answer to the grave, if there is no word of assurance which can be offered, friendship does not become a substitute…
While they are speaking of grief over death of a loved one, the point becomes clear. If you can’t be certain of living the high life after death then nothing in this life matters, it’s all for nothing. This believer would seem to then be living life simply in the hope or with a plan to be rewarded after this life. In other words, this life is of no consequence other than to get into the next one. Nothing they do will be truly from altruism, or so it seems.
At least with respect of death, this holds true for them.
For those who see death as nothing more than a final destination to a hollow grave then the outlook is bleak. However, if the Gospel is true, we know the grave does not have the final word and we know the grave is not the final destination.
Since it is true that death is one of the very few things that is certain in life, your outlook on death should be fairly important. We spend a lot of energy and time talking about it, telling stories and making movies about it. It IS important. If you believe that death is the gateway to another and eternal life as a reward or punishment for how you lived life here then you are wasting this life for nothing.
There is no guarantee that you will get to heaven. Even if there is a creator god there is no guarantee that he will allow you into heaven. There is even no guarantee that the god you love isn’t really a monster that feeds on the souls of humans. You have no idea what is beyond the grave and the claims you make that your man-god beat death are completely unsubstantiated. They are wishful thinking.
As an atheist, I know that there is nothing beyond the grave. I’m a hairless ape. I do not and you do not believe that apes go to heaven.. right? There is no heaven for animals. All of the information that believers use to conclude there is an afterlife is predicated upon fairy tales and lies. The longer you avoid facing the facts the more of your life that you waste. When you tell others that you know their loved one is in a better place you are lying to their face. You don’t know. You can’t know. Your effort to comfort them is a lie. Isn’t that one of the things that will keep you out of the supposed heaven?
Oh, but you did it to comfort someone. Yes, that makes lying ok. I remember now, the 11th commandment.