I think the hardest part of deconverting is dealing with the fact that this is it. After being told from a young age that you will live for eternity after you die, it is sometimes hard to face reality that existance is much much shorter than originally thought. How do you all deal with this fact and get in the right mindset to best handle it?

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That's a good distinction. Fear of death is silly to me, as we won't know a thing - we will already be dead. Fear of dying on the other hand is an entirely different kettle of fish. 

When deeply, seriously considered, eternal life is a terrifying proposition.  After about 4 hundred trillion billion years, the entire cosmos would be like a 6 X 8 grey prison cell.  There would be no one with whom to talk - for everything would have already been said.  There would be nothing left to read or learn - all would be known.  At that point, eternity wouldn't even be started yet, and the next trillion trillion trillion years would be more than I could bear.

Well, but that is not the eternity awaiting a Christian, for example. Instead of what you described you'd be lounging around in a green pasture on a blanket eating heavenly food, observing the lion lying next to the lamb, with pieties from God or Jesus being broadcast over a PA system.

If you're a male Islamist, you can throw in some charming and willing underage virgins as well. Oh, and subtract the Jesus part.

Still sounds horrifying - no matter how great an experience might be, infinite repetitions of it would be a nightmare.

Well, maybe God suppllies plenty of porn, alcohol and drugs to ease the sheer heart attack boredom.

no matter how great an experience might be, infinite repetitions of it would be a nightmare.

You mean you would actually grow weary of giving Yaweh his daily foot massage and pedicure? What an ingrate!

LOL - yup

the entire cosmos would be like a 6 X 8 grey prison cell.  There would be no one with whom to talk - for everything would have already been said.  There would be nothing left to read or learn - all would be known.  At that point, eternity wouldn't even be started yet, and the next trillion trillion trillion years would be more than I could bear.

@ Heather - It may be possible to be happy eternally, if your brain was somehow wired or controlled to make you forget experiences so that things are new again and again and again. Kind of like an eternal groundhog day lol.

I'm up for it.

I love it! It makes me nervous thinking about existing for longer than 100 years. I just hope I leave behind happy children.

The truth is I'm glad there is no eternal life. I've never been so arrogant or self deceiving as to think, when I die I'm going to heaven because I really deserve it. I've always been bad about holding grudges, arguing with my parents, per-marital sex, fighting, etc. I'd be at the top of the list to ride the hell bound gray hound. it's good that it's all a load of crap then for me at least.

When I realized that there was probably no god, I was in your place. I felt uneasy having a mindset that disagreed with most of the population. But then I watched a video called, Science Saved my Soul. It made me feel so much better.

Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6w2M50_Xdk

I hope it helps,

Patty

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