posted on Feb, 22 2012 @ 04:50 AM
Oh I hope this is the right topic to post in. Off topic, general chit chat. Could work.
Anyhoo, I was trotting around the ATS and read someone's reply somewhere where they said they're atheist and do not believe in an after life.
Now I was raised Christian for 19 years. I'm almost 39. Lately I've read a lot of atheist sites and realized that yeah, it makes SO much sense that
the idea of 'it all' is a fairy tale.
But then again, even if I /were/ to fully adopt atheism (right now I consider myself a polytheist agnostic; i think god/gods/goddesses could
have/might exist but I need 110% proof before I'll 110% believe), I'd still believe in things like reincarnation. I can't see why being atheist
automatically kills the idea of a soul.
That's something I can not wrap my mind around no matter how hard I try, and I think it just sums up more the fact that everything we believe is
correct because we have no proof either way. No proof any way, if truth be told. It all has to be right since we don't know what is wrong.
I'm confusing myself. I'll get back on topic.
So is it mandatory that all Atheists must believe that when we die, that's it? Nothing else ever? I'm not talking Heaven or purgatory or any labeled
'place'. Not singling anything out. Actually I'm adding it all in. Atheists do not think there is anything after we die? Period?
So if I fully agree that there is a g/God myth, that it's all fairy tales (yet a beautiful thing for those who have faith and that which brings them
peace and comfort - I would NEVER take that away from anyone for any reason), I then have to stop my belief in reincarnation?
If so, why? I don't get it.