Community >> View Post
Post By

Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
Posts: 5,233
In Reply To
Ancient One 

Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
Posts: 7,925
Subj: Re: Atheist turned believer
Posted: Sat May 19, 2018 at 12:49:50 am CDT (Viewed 905 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Atheist turned believer
Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 at 10:56:18 pm CDT (Viewed 864 times)

    Well, I can say from personal experience that none of that is true.
    When my uncle - who pretty much raised me - died back in 2012, I didn't bother with anything as useless as prayer. Nor when my grandmother, my last surviving grandparent died two years earlier.

    But I do remember thinking on both occasions how glad I was that heaven and hell didn't exist. Because you know all those loved ones of yours that have passed? If religion is true, you can't be sure where they are. They might have done something bad earlier in their lives that they never truly 'repented'. They might have railed against an illness or old age and rejected your god at the last moment. If they did, where do you think they are now? All those people who are close to you. Parents, siblings, children, friends... They all have things they never tell you, and if you believe in the supernatural, you can NEVER be sure what their "destiny" was, or is.

    I have peace of mind, because I'm sure.

    And 17 years ago, my life turned to s*!t. I lost my wife, my kids, my job and my home all within six months. Everything I'd worked for, gone.

    I didn't pray. I didn't curse gods or fates that I know aren't there. It took time to recover from those emotional and financial hammer blows (I'm good financially now, but the emotional scars will always be with me), but life got better. And no supernatural help was required. My family and friends pulled me through.

    One of those friends had a pregnancy that went horribly, horribly wrong. She lost the baby, and nearly died herself. I didn't have 'faith' that a supernatural being would help her. But I trusted that the doctors and surgeons who treated her had the knowledge and skills to save her life. They didn't let me, nor her, nor her husband and five year old daughter down.

    And when my time comes, why would I fear death any more than I'd fear going to sleep? I'll be sad at missing all the stuff that's going to happen after I'm gone, but that's all.

    Sure, there are people who are atheists who do behave exactly as you describe. But there are those that don't. Perhaps YOU can't imagine a life without the supernatural in it, but there are many, many people who can not only imagine one, but live it.

Big deal, your uncle and your grandmother. Not exactly as desperate as a dying kid in the hospital, is it. And spare your "why would I fear death any more than I'd fear going to sleep" bullshit. That just proves you're scared and whistling past the graveyard. You only talk that way with the comfort of knowing that death is likely far, far away.

Posted with Mozilla 11.0 on Windows 10
Alvaro's Comicboards powered by On Topic™ © 2003-2022 Powermad Software
All the content of these boards Copyright © 1996-2022 by Comicboards/TVShowboards. Software Copyright © 2003-2022 Powermad Software