So lately, I have had some Atheists that have denied their Christian upringing like I have and are my same age ask me about how I became alright with dying. They asked what were they supposed to do now that they did not believe in a heaven and hell. I took some time to think about it and this is what I came up with.

"In being a Christian, we wasted so much time thinking we had somewhere to go after we were dead. We were told that nothing in this life matters because what is coming is sssoooo much better than whatever we have here. Now you have but that rediculous thought aside and now you must realize that you will die. You will just die. Nothing afterwards. You have one life, now you get the chance to really live it. You can be passionate about the world we live in and make it a better place for future generations. That is even more exciting than believing in some "afterlife"."

It took me a long time to accept this. One night, I was up all night afraid of what was going to happen to me when I died. I was sad that I would never see anyone I loved ever again. Then I realized I have been given something beautiful, life. It just takes a little time to come to this conclusion. I am enjoying life more now and I intend on living to the fullest.

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Comment by Robert E. O'Dell on April 18, 2010 at 11:52am
Nothing says more about a man (or woman) than his (or her) ability to face his own mortality.
Comment by Robert E. O'Dell on April 18, 2010 at 11:56am
Sorry, I forgot that last (or her). Were they even necessary?
Comment by Elgaurdo Pantanvich 3 on September 13, 2010 at 3:10am
I have lived to be 44 this year and have seen enough to know when the lights are out ...the show is over.I have had a lot of heart aches with loss of friends and family (suicide,drug overdoses,accidents and health issues.) I experienced theses losses and learned naturally about the psychology of how it effects me and saw how others where effected. Without any indoctrination of religion I was open to figure things out my way and not buy into peoples GOD TALK dance about everything. I see how people need to have a comfort area in the mind to feel better about loss or sadness of death.We are the only animal that knows it will die. Other animals get uncomfortable or sense the body is shutting down but do not contemplate its arrival.I feel that it is like sleeping without dreaming ...I do not remember anything at all (no sense of breathing,pain or feelings of any kind..till i wake up with a mean hangover haha).We are wired to have emotions and I have come to realize (with age) It is all brain chemistry. I remember my 1st love broke my heart ,I mean I could not go on!!! Till the next chapter of life came along and those feelings and thoughts went away along with so many girls and an ex wife later. My point about that is its all interpretation and my thought analysis is what makes the day or breaks it with people places and things.Some people marvel at the beauty of a baby and say Oh there must be a God. I say Jeffry Dahmer ( the serial killer) had parents that thought the same way about him also I bet. Its ok to feel sad about it (death). I hope that i keep those feelings because I would be worried that my brain was freaking out!, and on the other hand if I stayed that way I know to get to a doc and check for depression and get some MEDS. This is a mean ole world that really wants to kill us (scientifically speaking) I guess I try to be a seasoned vet as a human and take the path of least resistance and ride the wave of life. I tell ya i feel a whole lot better now knowing where i stand.Less head trips.
Comment by Jon Heim on September 13, 2010 at 3:50am
we have a life filled with friendship, experiences that change your out look on life, memories to celebrate, love, beauty and creativity . Who could ask for more?

yes, we die after living our lives the best we can. but even after death our decaying bodies become one with the earth and influence growth.

lets call this, Pageithesm.
Pagan view of death...the soul becomes one with nature and is reborn, mixed with atheism....there is no soul, but our body is nutrient for plants.

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