posted on Mar, 31 2012 @ 09:39 AM
I used to be scared of death, used to always ponder over what it would be like, and being brought up in a Christian background, I always used to get
anxiety attacks, in fact I mistook my first one as a heart attack and was literally cacking myself that I would go to Hell.
Thankfully, I eventually saw through all the mainstream religious beliefs, formed my own belief that if there is a God, he wouldn't be evil enough to
condemn their own creation to eternal pain and torture, and am no longer afraid of death.
I think people fear death because of the pain associated with it. In my opinion, most people, even those who are not so religious, have that "what
if God IS real" feeling, and are not only worried about the transition of death, but of the consequences that would occur if there is a type of God
that today's religions preach.
The thing that really changed my fear into a carefree idea of death, was:
“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the
virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but
will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.” - Marcus Aurelius
I love the part that says "If there are Gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them." People don't seem to understand that just
because you may have a creator, does not mean they deserve your worship, it depends on the standards that they expect to be upheld by you (think the
Ten Commandments) but don't follow themselves. Pretend for a second that you had the ability to create a species, would you have the expectation
that they HAVE TO worship you, even if you are evil to them? I wouldn't, and I think if you think of things this way, then you won't be so scared
of death, you'll live your life, and if a God or Gods are just, then they wouldn't just you based on your devoutness.