I posted this on a christian forum a while ago. It is a personal detail of my life but for me it was an important point for me in finally shedding the silly beliefs of religion. I posted this to hopefully make some of them who read it really stop and question things. Maybe i will elaborate on this experience more later but for now here is my post.
In quotations is the comment that sparked my reply.
"All atheists thumb their nose at God and rebel against Him, until they are near to taking their last breath. Then they squerm and freak out worse than a baby. Why is that when they say they have stared into a black void all their lives."
I am an atheist living a very happy life with a wonderful wife and family, I am currently serving in the United States Army in Iraq. I am an atheist in a foxhole defending YOUR freedoms because thats what I believe in.
This is all beside the point, heres what I want to share with all of you.
I died once, three years ago my heart stopped for several minutes, I'm not sure exactly how long. I have researched and gathered much information on how the human brain functions(it is one of my interests). Now let me tell you what I remember after I was proclaimed to be clinically dead, I remember seeing flashes of my family and a few friends, I actually spoke with my brother for a while. This can all be ascribed to the firing of neurons in your brain, they continue to fire up to two hours after your heart stops beating. They have done research and found this to be true. Back to my story, after seeing family and friends for a bit everything went black, no bright light, no hell fire no discussion with jesus....black, nothingness. Then I woke up in the hospital unable to move my limbs, it was an eerie sensation. Because of the trauma I suffered I was hallucinating for a few days after coming to. These are all natural processes of the human brain. I realized though that after death there appears to be absolutely nothing. Sorry to rain on your parade, I used to be a devout christian until this and many other events caused me to take a closer look at things. I guess i was lucky in a way to have an experience like this. If the last thing going through your conscious or unconscious mind is jesus and heaven then that is what will continue to fire through your neural pathways when you lose physical consciousness. Once again, I am sorry, this is my experience however so take it as you will.
Another thing, how can a minority persecute the majority? I know it must be scary to think of what atheist stand for and believe if the only thing you have ever known is religion, I understand this but I feel the hostility is unnecessary.