I do not know if I should laugh or cry.
I stumbled across a website for Christian Children.
And this was they had to say about atheists,
“If you find an Atheist in your neighborhood,
TELL A PARENT OR PASTER RIGHT AWAY!
You may be moved to try and witness to these poor lost souls yourself, however AVOID TALKING TO THEM!
Atheists are often very grumpy and bitter and will lash out at children or they may even try to trick you into neglecting God’s Word.
Very advanced witnessing techniques are needed for these grouches. Let the adults handle them.”
I do not know if I should laugh or cry, but it is more sad than funny. This kind of indoctrination, trying to teach children that just because someone has a lack of belief in a deity or deities they are grumpy and would even consider hurting children.
I could not care less what religious people want to believe in, but when they try and impose stuff like this onto children that has not developed critical thinking, then I am disgusted, and I might even go so far and say that such people should not be allowed to be near children.
Religious indoctrination is borderline child abuse.
Imagine that you could live forever, and there was no death at all, for any life forms on the Earth.
This is an idea many Christians share, that before “The Fall” there was no such thing as death.
But when Adam & Eve had sinned, God’s punishment was to kick them out of the Garden of Eden and they were no mortal.
Is this such a nice idea, being able to live forever? Here and now one might be concerned about our fragile and mortal life.
But would you choose to be immortal? Nothing would ever be able to end your existence.
What about aging, would someone ask, well for the sake of argument, lets say that your body stops aging at its physical and biological prime.
I would imagine that a world without death would be far from a paradise. If it is imagined as Kurt Vonnegut’s short story, “2BR02B” that we who had to choose to end our life ourself before a new one could be introduced.
A father would have to sacrifice his own life, if he could not get any other volunteers for his children to be allowed to be born.
If there was no control of population, and all living organisms could live forever, we would at some point start to get buried alive by other living organisms.
This is a physical and material immortality.
What about the spiritual, the “soul”?
Would you want that to live forever?
I wonder how many theists have actually tried to wrap their heads around the concept “forever”, it is fucking long time.
At a certain point, perhaps many billion years in the future, you as this immortal soul would have learned, experienced, and seen everything that is possible in the Universe.
There would be nothing new, you have spoken with everyone, you have seen stars die and be born, you have read every book ever written.
Now most theists would say, “Hey there will always be new souls getting born and therefore more people to talk with, everyone is unique.”
My response to that is no, both theists and the scientific world agree that the Earth lifespan is finite, though for various different reasons.
Science knows that our sun, Sol, will run out of fuel in ~4 billion years from now. When that happens, Sol will expand and life would no be sustainable on Earth.
Most theists have an end goal or end scenario for mankind. May it be the Abrahamic religions that believe in a cataclysimic event that will then destroy the Earth, where the rest of mankind will spend eternity in bliss.
Will others believe in reincarnation, but at some point, everyone would have achieved “Nirvana”.
So would you like to live forever?
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