Life’s a bitch. Then you die. I don’t mean to upset anyone, but face the facts. That is the way it is.
Most religions teach of a hereafter of one sort or another; a life beyond living today, but encompassing tomorrow, or, simply put, something that happens after we die.
Religionists of most persuasions have taught much the same thing for endless centuries, with a similar something that occurs after this lifetime, however long or short that may be.
So, what’s the problem?
The problem with taking much stock in such teachings is the abysmal record of major and minor religions at predicting the future. They’re much better at rewriting the past than they are determining with accuracy what will happen to us once we die.
While true that most major religions teach of a life after death of some sort; either in a nebulous heaven, or even upon the earth, there just isn’t much physical evidence, short of the religionist’s promises, to support any such eventuality. Or, to support any eventuality except death, for which there is ample evidence.
Life for most people on earth is a daily struggle from crib to grave. For most, it has always been that way. A struggle that only worsens with age. A bitch of sorts.
So far as we know, the end of each life, whether young or old, is death; forbidden communication with the afterlife notwithstanding. Those in the afterlife don’t seem to bother to communicate with those of us in this life, which may say something about the status of the dead.
Yet, despite little evidence to the contrary, many hundreds of millions, if not billions of people believe in an afterlife, regardless of their religion.
The original Jews of the Bible did not believe in a resurrection of life to heaven, but to an endless life on the earth. Something changed from the time of those earliest Jewish scriptures when Christendom became more political than beneficial. Many people believe they will go to heaven but are hard pressed to know why, or what goes on there, or what’s required to get there, or what they would do once there.
The biggest problem appears to be evidence– or, rather, a decided lack of evidence. There just isn’t much to go on. Religionists preach about an afterlife and what you must do to obtain it. No wonder there is so little trust in religious teachings. It’s a lot more talk than action. And what would the action be, anyway.
What is interesting is that about half the people on the earth today came from the original families described in the Bible– Jews, Christians, Muslims. They don’t get along too well and historically they never have. The other half belong to other religions or have no religion at all. Most of those without any religion seem to get along at least as well as those with religion; perhaps better.
Why does God, in whatever form he is, appear to play favorites? Well, favorites according to the religionists of each religion. Religion is much like life; really a buffet of beliefs. Everyone gets in line, then they partake of the remarkable variety of religions and beliefs available before them, or, they simply choose the religion of their parents and don’t worry about it too much from then on.
Regardless, for the vast majority of mankind, life is a slow journey toward death, marked by a few good times, and all too many years of pain and misery. And, then it all ends.
Life is a bitch and then you die.