As far as we know it so far, we are introduced in the womb of your mother (excluding all test tube babies out there, no harm Whisper67).
We are created, and birthed out of this canal, into the world with a quick slap on the arse and then we go on our way.
We grow up, we are indoctrinated into religious groups such as islam, hinduism, or christianity.
My middle name is Joseph, named after Jesus' father as i'm told, which makes me wonder why my middle name isn't Yahweh if we get technical.
My First name is Michael, for the Archangel Michael, or John travolta, for you know Michael. lol.
Last name Wood, for well fathers side last name passing on.
Look the name up it doesn't matter it's an extremely common name 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of em!
To the point though, indoctrination as a child was an extreme thing for me, which I still have to cope with, because i've had my whole beginning of
life told to me by my mother as "A gift from god, from a prayer". When as horrid a picture acquires somewhere before exterminated, my parents did
it, and got me here. Simple, two people had sex and I became, who I am here.
My mother had to get nutrients and hormones caused this, to be a want, and she took them in so I could be a healthy baby, and eventually an end result
Now, this is pretty rational thinking in my opinion.
But, I find myself thinking in my 'atheistic' ways, that "No, no, no I don't want to die, this isn't 'just' it! I want to live forever, I
can't imagine not being!''
Yet, besides a philosophical or theological well worded text can say, I am born from atoms and will eventually turn back to atoms, and that there was
no before, and eventually I will see no after, after my death that is.
When you die, it's very simplistic, you will die, you're brain will shut down, you're heart will stop beating, you will mangle your body in a
horrific car wreck having your heart pieced by a pole hanging off a pickup truck.
You will decompose, or (be cremated). You're atoms will fall apart, and everything will go back into the earth.
Now a nice, happy, optimist, delusional person, will say to you. No no no, this isn't so, your atoms may die, your cells may dissassemble, but in the
midst of that, your soul will (that which makes you who you are) will rise up, and go into a mystical place called the heavens, and a deity will judge
you on your: sexual acts, whether you believed jesus was your savior *or whomever*, such as and so on.
But, if we look at it simply as it is, it's quite frightening!
I find myself fighting for atheism, and thinking, well Michael, why not just believe in christianity, and feel good knowing you'll live forever.
Well, that's choosing to be delusional, as nice as it sounds to believe in it, i'm quite envious myself of the thought of it, I do find myself upset
that people believe in it. Why, that they for some reason believe that, life is a mere 0.0000000000to infinite 1 of what is eternity.
Well thats an atrocity to the gift you've really received! If you're goin to take this life for granted to such an extreme, even of thought, you
don't deserve it!
I do know though, that those on ATS, find comfort, and refuge, in saying, 'well i'm agnostic, prove either evolution to me, or prove a certain
religion, and be sure I will follow, till then I am neither!"
Well if you go with christianity, and your right, you'll go to hell!, If you go with anything else you'll go to hell for sure.
Why? Because you don't believe it 100% *Requirement*
Or they believe here on ATS, that the soul is one with the universe, and that "well i've had an OBE, explain that to me, haha you can't! Ergo there
is a divine connection between myself and the universe itself or god himself!"
That's foolish, it's a like saying a cat ripped a hole in my couch means it's on a level with the universe because black holes ripes space/time.
Or, someone is most likely hiding the phrase "your OBE was a dream, lucid dreamin at that" or "You may need psychiatric help".
But say neither because proving you've left your body, is impossible, and must go solely on a second hand word. Which is poor as that.
Now I've covered quite a bit, aggravatingly on here, but here's the main point of this thread.
YOU ARE GOING TO DIE, AND THAT IS THAT.
Now accept this fact, breathe in, breathe out. Repeat.
What do you fear of death, Pain? Your families loss? Helplessness? The sense of feeling that this is it?
Feel what death is to you, Imagine, that you found out you have 2 days left to live, how would you feel, i'm sure most if not all, would cling to
their religion! It's their last strand, it promises them (falsely) that they will not die, and it's a comfort, but a lie at that!
Breaking this off, it leaves us with 2 roads, we either commit horrific acts, or we become the most altruistic people that have ever lived.
This seperates us at a whole.
The point being though, is morality, is what drives religion.
Knowing that, your dog has died, or cat, you assume that well, it hasn't gone on to heaven it's not worth. lol.
But you think you are, or even if aliens genetically made you, still you die, and that is that.
Give up on religion, quit the hold that it has on you, that your morality is cause for your to be so fearful that you should believe in the religion
presented to you because it promises you things that aren't proveable, nor reasonable!
When I die, hopefully of a long disease, so I can have a death bed, i'd like my goodbyes forever, and philosophical thoughts, instead of a sudden
I know when I die, that's it, game over, the tv turns off, never to be turned on again, no metaphor can describe it.
I live my days much more usefully then I ever have before.
**** If you'd like to add anything on how religion persuades people to believe by scaring them through mortality please add