I propose a study:
Lets count up ALL the people who have lost their lives because of a refusal to espouse atheism.
The lets count ALL the people who have list their lives because of a refusal to espouse one or another form of Islam or Christianity.
Once we have these numbers we will submit them to the Christian’s gatekeeper of the heavens, I believe his name is Peter. The, as a matter of affirmative action, we will ask Peter to judge atheists vs beleivers for admission to heaven.
Lotsa nice folks could go to hell this way.
19 Right Stuff says:
Once we have these numbers we will submit them to the Christian’s gategeeper of the heavens, I believe his name is Peter. The, as a matter of affirmatove action, we will ask Peter to judge atheists vs beleivers for admission to heaven.
One problem, Peter doesn’t exist right? There is no heaven or hell correct?
Nope, as an Aethist ya just get a dirt nap."SeattleJew says:
@19 Right Stuff
Sorry, I know better
Though, I am an atheist I have worked hard to achieve arhant status. This means I hpe to see all that there is including the imaginary creations of our kind. As taught by the Buddha, everything is one, that means when we create a Deity it is as real as .. well any great fictional character. So, Valhalla and Asimov’s Empire both exist. So too, Peter, with both the prefix St. and the suffix pan, exists. Indeed, it may shock you that they are one and the same.
Any yes, for those who believe in a n afterlife, heaven exists ..as does hell. But Peter is also an arhant and he too can see who has been naughty or nice. Worshipping any Deity, repeating any ritual, even worship of the Buddha himself, does not alter your fate in the afterlife. I believe some Christians call this “grace.”
So, as a Christian, arriving at the Pearly Gates, you will also be met by a reality that could care less about what names you have used for the deity, how many sheep you have sacrificed or prayers you have said. I suspect many Christians are in for a disappointment.
As for the atheists, even a dead atheist whose existence in some way has npt ceased, , heaven will only exist if that is something that she built upon i"
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