Okay, so one of the Christian things is being grateful because "ONLY JESUS WAS WILLING TO DIE FOR OUR SINS!"
With it is tied a bunch of stupid shit about our immortal souls being saved, yadda yadda... you know the drill.
I think that Christians wouldn't die for the sins of everyone, even if doing so meant eternal happy life. So there is that bit of relief that their buddy Jesus took care of that shit for them.
So I postulate this question to you very sympathetic and brilliant science minded folks. Indulge this moronic thought exercize.
Imagine that you were to discover that there was some sort of super being who was causing all of the world's ills, cancer, aids, SIDs, rape, mental illness...the whole shebang.
You happen upon their evil layer as you are out hiking one day, admiring nature, because hey science is cool and nature can be pretty and interesting. Maybe you fell into a cave and found his secret lair. You see a machine and some bizarrely convincing evidence that it is in fact causing all suffering and death in the world.
You find this guy and he's an asshole and he explains that all of this suffering is part of his big ineffable plan. He's a little old fashioned and you notice that his evil machine is made up of giant gears which would fall apart and be destroyed forever (forever because this is already a magic monster story) if something large was thrown into the mechanism.
You have no object big enough to throw but you know that your own body would stop this maniac, his machine and all the suffering of the entire world.
What would you do?
Would you die for the world?
Would you give up your own life if it meant you could rid the world of a real unimagined evil?
Would you only do it for every evil?
Would you do it to eliminate a single evil?
Would you die if it meant no children would ever be molested?
That cancer would no longer form in bodies and lead to a long and painful death?
That AIDS would not cut short so many lives?
That natural disasters would not rip apart lives and communities?
Would you do it, knowing that this is indeed the only life you have and you cannot magically resurrect yourself?
I think I would, and I am an atheist.