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atheists/agnostics-do you wish God were real? RollTide : ) 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Alabama 1084 posts
6th Apr '12

In light of the weekend holiday I thought I'd ask this question...If you are an atheist, do you ever find yourself wishing that a god/creator and an afterlife existed? Do you think life would be better if there were a God/creator to answer to and and afterlife ahead of us? Are we better off w/o a god? Are you glad there is no afterlife? Why or why not? Discuss.
I'm just honestly curious. I myself am a former agnostic that converted to Christianity a few years ago. It was a long journey for me so I am naturally curious about others peoples opinions on these things.....

ERMAGHERD BEEDS! 17 kids; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 4099 posts
6th Apr '12

I don't know if there's an afterlife, but I honestly think things would be better if some people would be more concerned with the here and now.

The Fantastic 4 2 kids; New York 6947 posts
6th Apr '12

I'm agnostic, I feel content with my life. I don't wish for anything reallyS I Just hope that if there is an after life I'm with my family! Holidays have no religious meaning for me. They are all family traditions. Christians believe in god and the the world is still fucked up. I wish there was world peace over a god.

WeenieMachine 3 kids; Japan 27915 posts
6th Apr '12

I don't, no. I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything by being an Atheist. I've found love, happiness, peace of mind and how to be a decent person on my own. I am not looking for anything to share burden or provide me with my wants and needs. I can admire faith as a trait in others but don't feel less for not having it.

user banned 2 kids; Saint Catharines, Ontario 151075 posts
6th Apr '12

Definitely not the God of the Bible. I really don't like the concept of a sentient being controlling us, even one with benevolent intention. That's too much power for any one being to have.



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Mama McNeely 2 kids; Bremerton, Washington 5117 posts
6th Apr '12

The god of the christian bible, hello no. Have you read the whole bible? He is brutal and I am glad he isn't real.

RollTide : ) 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Alabama 1084 posts
6th Apr '12
Quoting Mrs. Scrapalicious:" The god of the christian bible, hello no. Have you read the whole bible? He is brutal and I am glad he isn't real."


I mean any sort of god/creator and afterlife, not just the God of the Bible. But I see what you're saying. And to answer your question,yes, I've scrutinized the Bible over many times. Like I said, it's been a long journey to my decision for Christ. I've read everything from Dawkins and Sagan to Lewis and L'engle and have almost driven myself crazy contemplating/asking questions- trying to figure it all out. But now I am sure of what I believe. The OT does seem brutal at times and can be confusing but I am sure that I serve a compassionate God. He has shown me much compassion.After all, I am saved by grace and that's all that He requires from me. I consider myself a red letter Christian.



But I respectand appreciate your opinion! : ) Thanks to everyone for the responses!

ERMAGHERD BEEDS! 17 kids; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 4099 posts
6th Apr '12
Quoting Asa's mom!!:" I mean any sort of god/creator and afterlife, not just the God of the Bible. But I see what you're saying. ... [snip!] ... I consider myself a red letter Christian. But I respectand appreciate your opinion! : ) Thanks to everyone for the responses!"



It's an interesting question though. Some people come to their beliefs through extensive thought and meditation, and some people come to them through major life eve

ERMAGHERD BEEDS! 17 kids; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 4099 posts
6th Apr '12
Quoting Asa's mom!!:" I mean any sort of god/creator and afterlife, not just the God of the Bible. But I see what you're saying. ... [snip!] ... I consider myself a red letter Christian. But I respectand appreciate your opinion! : ) Thanks to everyone for the responses!"



It's an interesting question though. Some people come to their beliefs through extensive thought and meditation, and some people come to them through major life events. I feel like those people whose beliefs have been changed because of something that happened in their life are more likely to miss the feeling of security that faith in an afterlife can provide.

linsα Sayama Hills, TY, Japan 30880 posts
status 6th Apr '12

Do I wish there was an afterlife where I could be with all of my past and present family and friends when I die? Absolutely! Especially if it has nothing to do with religion or gods.
I'm glad there is no god/s. I'm glad that I don't have to live in fear because of god/religion. If there was such a god that didn't approve and condone killing innocent people, rape, slavery, genocide, etc, than I might be okay with his/her existence.

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
6th Apr '12

I'm agnostic, so I really don't know if there is an afterlife or not... but sometimes I wish I had stronger faith. It feels like it'd be easier you know, putting everything in a divine creator's hands. But I just can't fully believe.

RollTide : ) 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Alabama 1084 posts
6th Apr '12


Quoting Kate Austen:" I'm agnostic, so I really don't know if there is an afterlife or not... but sometimes I wish I had stronger ... [snip!] ... faith. It feels like it'd be easier you know, putting everything in a divine creator's hands. But I just can't fully believe. "



I know what you mean by it being easier if you had more faith. Sometimes I hate that I have been and can still be so skeptical about so many things. But really, I feel I'm kinda blessed that I am that way because asking questions all the time keeps me from being ignorant. When my faith starts to slip it causes me to educate myself and seek after the truth more, which now actually increases my faith, I don't believe in blind faith, that's just foolish. I never want to get to a point where I quit asking questions about the things that matter most to me, Not that I still question my core beliefs, just the surrounding details. I

*...*...*...* 1 child; Michigan 8230 posts
6th Apr '12
Quoting lindsαy:" Do I wish there was an afterlife where I could be with all of my past and present family and friends ... [snip!] ... didn't approve and condone killing innocent people, rape, slavery, genocide, etc, than I might be okay with his/her existence. "


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I lean towards atheist at the moment.



I feel like if there is a afterlife it's probably not christian...or Muslim....of any other "main stream" religion afterlife and it will be a nice little surprise after death.

Lucid Dreamer Florida 3829 posts
6th Apr '12
Quoting Emet (Team Pink):" :!::!::!: I lean towards atheist at the moment. I feel like if there is a afterlife it's probably ... [snip!] ... not christian...or Muslim....of any other "main stream" religion afterlife and it will be a nice little surprise after death."

There is some degree of evidence of an afterlife and it does pretty much fit the description of your post. Religions are tools but are not the ultimate reality in my opinion.

*...*...*...* 1 child; Michigan 8230 posts
6th Apr '12
Quoting Lucid Dreamer:" There is some degree of evidence of an afterlife and it does pretty much fit the description of your post. Religions are tools but are not the ultimate reality in my opinion."


I bounce back and forth. I hope there is more then this.



I mean I'm satisfied in my present and enjoying life in that sense. But I miss my dad. I'll eventually miss my mother...and then possibly my husband to. The years I get with them aren't enough.