People always ask me, “where do you go when you die?”. Most of the time, this comment is made by an arrogant Christian who is trying to act smart. My answer to this question is: Nowhere, by body dies and I am no more. The human mind has trouble understanding the concept of non-existence. Think about it; not existing anymore. No more hanging out with friends or family, no more communication, no more…anything. Hard to comprehend? I know, it’s impossible to imagine the unimaginable. This is exactly why Christians, or any other religion preaches about an afterlife. It provides comfort as they live their life here on earth. Remember in one of my previous posts, I mentioned about being told something over and over again? Eventually you’ll believe it to be true. It’s the same concept here. Tell yourself that when you die, you will live on in another world. If you keep on telling yourself the same thing, eventually your mind will convince itself that it is true. This seems to provide comfort to many people. Me however, I would prefer not to live my life based on a lie. I would like to live my life learning, growing and understanding as much as I can about everything.
I’ve been told that because I am not a “Christian”, that I must fear death. It’s funny that people think that, because no, I don’t fear death. Death happens to everyone at some point in their life, so why fear something that happens to everyone? One day, I’m going to die…ok I’m over it…moving on with my life. I think it would be more miserable living a life, believing that when I die, I’d go to a ‘better place’. In fact, if I truly believed that, I would just commit suicide. But oh wait, apparently suicide is a sin.
When I was younger, I remember an older guy, he was a deacon at my families church. Let’s call him…hmm… deacon Carl. Ok, so deacon Carl always had something to say about everything. I’d come to church dressed in Tripp pants, band tee, and a trench coat. Without hesitating, he’d call me a satanist. Back when I dressed that way, it was because I liked the style, not because of my beliefs. But deacon Carl, was a very nosey person. He felt that he was under the authority of God to report to my mother anything and everything that I did wrong. More so because my mother asked him to keep and eye out on me. As any parent would if they left their child in someones care. He took this to extreme levels. He somehow hacked into my Myspace, email, Skype, AIM, and pretty much anything else he could get his hands on. He then decided to print out anything that was ‘bad’ and give it to my mother. Included in these ‘bad’ things was a nude picture of my girlfriend and myself at the time (come on, don’t hate, we all did it!). First of all, he had no right whatsoever to get into my personal information. Second, my girlfriend and I at the time were 14, in other words, minors, therefore he had possession of child porn. FELONY. But is he going to think that? NoOoOoOo, because he’s doing God’s work (which I guess includes printing out child porn, jacking off to it, and THEN reporting it to the police). My point is, Christians take their beliefs way too seriously. So serious that they feel that they have to do do things illegal such as hacking, and printing child porn just to be able to judge others and feel better about themselves.
My mother and I recently got in a debate about what is legal and illegal, more specifically the IRS. If any of you know me personally, you’ll know that I believe the IRS is illegal. But I’ll save that for a different post. Continuing with my story; My mother, and most Christians don’t realize that they judge people for breaking the law, but they do it just as much, if not more. I’ve been in countless arguments with my parents about breaking the law. They would always yell at me for driving a motorcycle without a license but when I brought up traveling to countries where it’s illegal to preach the bible, they would get defensive. I’m sorry, but Christians are not the elect few that are exempt from laws. If caught, they still will get justice, as would I. The Bible even says to obey those who have authority over you. So by breaking any laws, you are disobeying the oh so holy word of god…They are the biggest Hippocrates of them all.
I’ll leave you with a quote from someone I admire.
“Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.”