One life, live it

If you only have one try at something then you’re going to give it your best shot, and knowing this is the only life we have, and there’s no afterlife, then you live your life better, as it’s the one chance we have to make a difference. Christians are of the belief that as long as they stroke the ego and follow the will of their god, they will be judged kindly and live an eternity by his side. This means that this life is a stepping stone to the next life when they meet their maker, so it’s essentially just a life of preparation, and nothing really matters. Christians claim the moral high ground as they think that following the Ten Commandments and the gospels of Christ gives them moral superiority, and anyone who doesn’t have god in their life has no moral foundations, so they can do whatever they like and revel in their sins. But this simply isn’t the case at all.

Humanism inspires a lot of enthusiasm for everyday life and urges people to be better to one another, to work towards a better future and a common good. If I believed there was an afterlife I would have so much less motive for filling this life with every experience that is offered up to me.” – Stephen Fry

Many atheists that I know are humanists which is about the agency of mankind and dealing with evidence, reason, logic and compassion without the need for religious interference. Because of this they see value in all humans regardless of their race, sexuality or beliefs, which none of the Abrahamic religions can compete with, as they all have their prejudices, and ridiculous notions that immorality is against the laws provided by a war god who’s indiscriminate in his savagery if the Old Testament is anything to go by. There’s nothing moral about Muslims throwing homosexuals off buildings, or calling for the heads of blasphemers. There’s nothing moral about slavery, child abuse, corruption in the church, misogyny or racism, and then claim that two consenting adults of the same sex are immoral because they are in love.

“I don’t believe in an afterlife, so I don’t have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse.” – Isaac Asimov

Do any of you have any recollection of anything happening before you were born? I’m guessing the answer is no, so what makes people think there’s a life after death? Mediums and tarot card readers are con artists, and has anyone ever really seen a ghost? To suggest we have another life implies that we have a soul, and do you know of one single biologists, or neurologist who’s found any evidence of a soul? A soul, or psyche is supposedly the mental state of a human that incorporates imagination, memories, personality, and perception, and the soul leaves the body after death. Christianity is of the belief that the soul is immortal, but if we are apes (Hominidae) who are part of the primate family, then do gorillas, bonobos, orangutans or gorillas have a soul, and considering we share 98.7% of our DNA with bonobos then surely they must also have a soul?

“I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first. I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.” – Stephen Hawking

When a person is involved in a traumatic incident and suffers irreversible brain damage, how does that affect the soul? Is the soul damaged? If you arrive in the afterlife, do you get to pick an avatar of yourself? If a person died in an explosion, or died from a life changing disease or illness, would the version of yourself be before you became sick? As we know, the brain is a neurological processor, and the brain cells function using rapid electrical impulses. When the body dies, the brain dies and gradually decomposes, so if the consciousness is within the brain, how can it possibly survive once the brain has ceased working?

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