The concept of no longer existing has always scared me. How can the concious mind disappear into nothing after someone dies?
When I was religious, the idea of not existing one day still scared me and not even religion could take that feeling away.
When I was little, I would lay awake at night wondering where we went go we die. I didn’t understand how people could be here one second and gone the next. The concept still baffles me, if I’m honest.
Heaven and everlasting life seems so far-fetched and illogical to me. If Heaven does exists, then what comes after that? Is it just heaven on and on forever? Wouldn’t that get boring? I don’t think religious people have really thought the concept of ETERNITY though. Eternity is a fucking LONG time. It goes on…FOREVER. What if I don’t like Heaven? What if Heaven is like listening to that awful Snow Patrol song? (You know the one, about lying there and forgetting the world? Fuck, I hate that song!)
When I was a Mormon, they told us to be good on earth so we can be rewarded in Heaven for all eternity. But then they said if we do sin, all we have to do is repent the sin and God and Jesus will be totally cool with it (like the total dudes they clearly are) and forgive you ,and then you’ll be back on the waiting list for Heaven.
That always seemed like a bit of a cop out to me. Not only does that mean you should only do nice things in order to be rewarded and if you don’t you’ll be punished, it’s also sort of saying, you can do bad things as long as you apologise. It just makes no sense.
Picking logical holes in religious dogma is like shooting fish in a barrel.
I wonder why religion didn’t take that empty fear away from me when I thought about not existing any more? Maybe the idea of everlasting life is worse than not existing any more?
Even since I thought about my own body as something made up of molecules and atoms…just like everything else is…it made me feel calmer. I might no longer exist one day, but I’ll still exist in some sense.
As Professor Brian Cox once said: “every living thing on the planet was produced in the heart of a dying star.”
That sentence is more beautiful, meaningful, truthful and reassuring than anything I ever read when I was religious.