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how you think the world would change if the gods were irrefutably proven false.
Without the sense of eternal price or serious downside? Why not just blow away the next idiot to cut you off and then shoot the fool who picks up his cell phone to call on you? What stops you from beating down the next street vendor you figure screwed you for $1 on a hot dog? If the cops aren't there and that purity of intent and character isn't inherent .....nothing but the fear and awareness of LONG term consequence to turning black within the Soul remains.
Originally posted by TheOnlyAnswer
I would continue to love others and build my community the same as I am now. Not because my intellectual understanding of what is 'good' tells me so, but because my spirit is filled with truth in the knowledge that I'm living the way man is created to.
On the other side of that coin.
What will you do when God makes himself known to your heart?
Originally posted by 3NL1GHT3N3D1
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
I see it the other way around. How many wars have been fought in the name of god? Now how many have been fought in the name of no god? There were lots of god-fearing people in the middle ages, but the Inquisitions and Crusades were still carried out. The folks in Syria are god-fearing people as well, yet they continue to slaughter each other.
Religious extremists believe in a god, yet that doesn't stop them from bombing innocent people or mutilating them.
Do you really think that the fear of hell plays a major role (or any role at all) in the behavior of mankind today - WITH all the belief in the gods?
Originally posted by jiggerj
Of course, bad people will still be bad people. Those with the capability of killing in the name of a god would just find another reason to kill. But without a major religion to back them up, or rather, with the whole world against them, they wouldn't have any place to hide and would be put down swiftly. Just my thoughts here.
Additionally, I think you're overlooking something critically important. Without belief in God or Allah, as two examples, there can be no afterlife as such and hence, NO chance of ever rejoining or seeing loved ones who've passed. That belief and Faith in rejoining those who have meant the most can be all that keep many both sane and level headed after unbearable loss that otherwise may have ugly outcomes for their personal future.
This is a bit of wishful thinking. Charismatic psychopaths will always be able to seduce throngs of people into doing the unspeakable. Without religion as the excuse the new excuse will be nationalism. It is all about people really a highly social animal that has difficulty socializing in large numbers. The herd can only get so big before it starts to fracture.
Originally posted by jiggerj
Please take a moment to consider how you think the world would change if the gods were irrefutably proven false.