The afterlife - stopping us from living in a better world?

United States
September 14, 2008 10:27am CST
I've read a book called Good Omens many times, but coming here brought it back to me. It follows the 11 years that the Antichrist is on Earth, and one of the things he says makes a lot of sense. When he's speaking to The Metatron and Beezlebub (over the fact that he's refusing to end the world) he says "If you stopped telling people that it was all sorted out when we die, maybe they'd do a better job of making this one better" and it's true. There would be a severe lack of suicide bombers if they didn't think they were going to a nice place afterwards. Religious wars would be a lot softer if the fighters weren't sure they were going to a heaven when they died. You follow me? Thoughts please.
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@vijigopi (991)
• United States
14 Sep 08
Great food for thought. However, what about those people who try to be good because they believe you can go to heaven only if you are good, kind, compassionate and understanding? What if you thought that hell is for criminals and terrorists who kill in the name of God or religion?
• Malaysia
17 Sep 08
hi handsome First of all god created human and thought them to be kind and loving .. Why did he not stop at 1 religion and has to come up with so many competitors Now it is like we are in a shopping complex and everyone is selling the same product and everyone wants us to buy from them ... then when one becomes agressive by pulling the other to the shop the other one pulls another hand So the innocent by standers are the ones becoming victim here ... Now people are dying in the name of god ... cheers
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
14 Sep 08
Hi handsomeitaliano, There are some people who think that as long as they believe in Jesus and accept him as their saviour, they are saved. A lot of these people don't think that they have to help others or try to make this world a better place for everyone. I see this as a great problem for those who are working to eliminate war, poverty,homelessness and other world problems. Blessings.