Christians, One Day You Are Going to Die
Over at the hilariously inept Debunking Atheists blog, Dodger Dan, the Don of Avoiding Giving a Straight Answer posted the following in the (well worth reading) comments here…..
“We all will be in Heaven to discuss these matters of where, and what, we got wrong and such. That will be the most epic “podcast” in mankind’s history. Care to join us in that discussion?”
The following is my response, slightly edited to make it applicable to all believers –
It won’t happen, because there is no heaven (also the Bible pretty clearly preaches a Kingdom on Earth, so even if WERE true you still wouldn’t be in heaven).
Here’s what is going to happen. Assuming you don’t die in your sleep, you will have a moment, when you’re very old, when you realise that you’ve wasted your only life, and you’ll look back on these events and wish you’d listened to those of us who cared enough to engage with you. You’ll remember the people who tried to free you from your religious slavery for no reason other than it being the right thing to do (no promise of an eternal reward for us!).
You will look back at a life wasted, and you will realise that those times will never return. And you will die, and be gone forever. Remembered as the man who spent his whole life thinking he was stopping people walking blindly over a cliff when, in reality, there was no cliff at all and people were looking at him in pity as they went about their daily lives.
That is how this is going to play out, and I can say that with 100% certainty.
The thing is, Christians, Muslims, Jews, all people of faith, you KNOW this deep down. At the core of your being you know this is all there is – why else would you ask people to pray for sick friends and relatives? Why else would you make sure your children are immunised and made aware of the dangers of this world? A finite life on Earth, compared to an infinite life in the Kingdom of God, is nothing, merely the blink of an eye – so why care about those who die? Why cry at a funeral of a loved one if you’re going to be seeing them soon? Why do anything to prolong life at all?
In fact, as the Bible seems to show that unbaptised children get a free pass automatically to the Kingdom, why teach your offspring how to be safe? Surely you’d be doing them a far greater favour by allowing them to be killed on the road, or choking on a piece of Lego? No, the very reason you DON’T do that is because you KNOW, deep in your core, that THIS is IT.
To borrow from one of Circular Sye’s favourite phrases, you know the truth that this life is the only one you’ll ever live, but you deny it in misplaced self-righteousness.