Q & A on Dying, Disbelief, and
Belief / Fear / Religious Faith
(Top Posts - Distance From Belief
in theism - 012203)

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Are you afraid to die?

I'm pleasantly connected to life, on many levels, and
to the entire cosmos, to the extent that I can perceive
it, at peace with the best aspects of being, endeavoring
to uplift and inspire based on a naturalistic pro-human
approach to existence, open-minded search for verity,
and an acknowledgement of our naturalistic fate in a
naturalistic domain.

If death knocks, I'll fight it, like my mom and one of my
younger sisters did before they departed. I certainly
and with confidence assure everyone that death holds
no fear for me, despite the efforts of many of religious
persuasions to use it as a threat and fear mechanism.
In my younger years, attending church (including tent
revivals with hellfire and brimstone sermons), death
was very frightening.

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Are most afraid to die?

Most don't want to die, as humans are genetically pre-
disposed to wanting to live, with exceptions in cases of
severe life-diminishing events.

When listening to priests, pastors, mullahs, rabbis, and
other folks who try to scare folks regarding death, most
religious folks get somewhat afraid, but many, espe-
cially those who have escaped the deceit of religious
faith, find all the threats to be myths, unworthy of fear.

Also, in the religious faith motif, some are persuaded
to die for God (Allah) and to murder those who they've
been taught are "infidels", even in the current day. In
that religious teaching, many earnestly believe God
(Allah) will reward them for suicide / murder.

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Do most choose to die?

No.

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Do most substitute myths in place of the finality of death
in this domain, should that occur?

Quite a large number do, but many of religious faith have
serious doubts when it comes right down to it (doubts
regarding all the fantasies cooked up by ancients per-
taining to afterlife existences of one type or another).

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When is belief / fear / religious faith the strongest?

For folks of a religious faith proclivity, when they are
gathered together in rituals dedicated to perpetuating
the ancient myths.

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When is belief / fear / religious faith the weakest?

For those who have escaped the deceit of religious faith,
it's a constant non-entity as pertains to religious threats.
When disbelievers / doubters must participate in social
endeavors incorporating the belief / fear / faith model
(i.e., many weddings, most funerals, other events occur-
ring at places of worship), that model is dealt with as
follows: Non-religious folks generally remain silent about
their views (generally speaking, silence and one's own
private thoughts are the socially accepted ways to dissent
when attending events at such places, though with some
events, lack of participation or refusing to go along with
recitation of faith phrases or singing or other participatory
activities, like bowing in prayer, may be construed as un-
acceptable).

For folks of a religious faith proclivity, belief / fear / reli-
gious faith is weakest when the length of time since the
last attendance at a religious ritual is at its longest, gener-
ally speaking.

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Is it all much ado about nothing, if God doesn't exist?

Well, as is always the case, the addition of a belief in a
thing called God imparts whatever one wishes to believe
it imparts in the human emotional area existing within
individual human bodies, however shallow or doubted
or fleeting that imparting is.

Those beliefs fall far short of standing up to logic, reason,
doubt, skepticism, requirement for evidence, morality, open-
minded thinking, respect for science, respect for human
intellect, and many other areas humans in the modern day
have found to be of enormous benefit.

Pretending (or believing, or trusting) that a God = ______
is merely avoiding the issue of the unknown, and presup-
posing nature does not exist in that unknown, that the
unknown must be God doing ______ (insert ancient fan-
tasies and human imagination here).

God only exists between the ears of those imagining it
exists, as anything one wishes to imagine it to be, but when
it comes to logic and evidence, it's demonstrably nothing,
it's outside of validatable human experience, yet treated
(by most followers, sometimes) as existent somehow /
somewhere and (for most) perceived as judging / inter-
acting in some way.

Nature is profoundly demonstrable within the realm we
exist in. God is not.

Nature profoundly impacts us, as to our ability to survive
and thrive in our one and only certain chance at existence.
God does not. God is profoundly non-existent in the realm
we exist in. Trusting in ancient myths, written by people
clueless about our naturalistic domain, relies on a heavy
dosage of disrespect for doubt, distance from logic, re-
moval of reason, and opposition to open-minded search
for verity.

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