First, I would like to state that I am not a follower of any mainstream religion or faith. That being said I am a strong believer in God,
reincarnation and an afterlife. Why, you might ask? I have several reasons for my beliefs. I believe in God and an afterlife because of my personal
spiritual experiences. I also have very vivid memories of some of my past lives which allows me to KNOW that reincarnation is real at that karma is
the great equalizer across our many lifetimes and is the logical explanation for the inequities we see in this life when taken as a single occurrence
I am NOT trying to convince anyone of my experiences because a) I don't need anyone else to believe me and even if they did it would be meaningless
and b) You either KNOW or you don't. Also, I have not had any cool lives where I was a king or queen or some famous person. I have been a slave, a
fool and a drunk among several other mundane lives. I do see common threads and clear explanations of why I am here now and problems I am dealing
with in my current lifetime. I don't have any help or insight into your life other than to say I KNOW there is more to this life than a single,
random trip. We are in a classroom and are here to learn to love ourselves and each other.
I rarely speak of my experiences to anyone except family and close friends. I remember one life with wife and several with my best friend. I know why
I instantly 'hate' some people I meet and have an instant affinity with others beyond a simple, physical explanation. Most people are neutral, but
when I meet someone who I have loved before or who harmed me in another life I often times feel that recognition and instant emotion.
Anyway, I am NOT trying to convince anyone, but trying to give a little background. I know others here will either know what I am talking about or
think I am crazy. Either way I am no guru or special person. I only have a little more insight into how things work and my personal situation.
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So, the point of this thread is to try to understand those of you that don't believe in God or an afterlife. Some of you, not most, seem desperate to
convince others that there is no God and that those with beliefs are stupid or delusional. I find it ironic from my point of view that those people
consider believers to be the foolish ones. When I say believers I mean those that believe in a higher power or an afterlife. Nothing specific.
Okay, so my one question after all that is this...
If you believe there is no God or afterlife what is the point of life? If we are on this rock for one short life, a relative blink of an eye in
geologic terms and never return then what is the point?
From my perspective we are tempered throughout many lifetimes and over time learn from our past mistakes. Each of us has a chance to help mankind
evolve and make the Earth better for ourselves and humanity for future lifetimes. That being said physical life is meant to be hard. This isn't a
utopia. People learn humility love and compassion from the hard times more than the easy ones.
Anyway, if I lived in an ignorant state where I believed my life was one and done and there is nothing else then I would see no point to living. This
world is more pain and suffering than joyful. I would see little point in dealing with it as I would see myself and everyone else as irrelevant and
So, how do you atheists live such empty lives? Why do you even bother?
I am very curious.
Thank you in advance for your responses.
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