Religion and a court in the afterlife

There is no doubt that religion has left a sizable mark on the world. And whether you perceive this mark as good or bad, religion will most likely continue to grow.

Even so, I am firm in the belief that there will also always be a sizable opposition to religion. This opposition is characterized largely by a demand for an explanation for our universe that is more sufficient than the one that religions have to offer.

Recently I saw a post online that exemplified a reason to question (if not fear) the religious stance. This post claimed that someone’s actions — whether it be their stance on murder, abortion, or killing animals — is outside of the realm of social scrutiny, and that you should let God worry about judgement.

It is statements and remarks like these that take society backwards. I don’t believe that anyone in their right mind would agree that we should allow murderer’s to walk the streets. I don’t even believe that the people who make these statements believe this.

The issue arises when seemingly intelligent people believe in a court in the afterlife that will make all things right again. If you accept this, it is only natural that a wave of inaction follows.

A weight has been lifted off of their shoulders, and things before deemed unacceptable become things that God will handle. Opinions, debate, and even actions are no longer truly necessary when presented with a God who makes all things right.

-AB

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  7 comments for “Religion and a court in the afterlife

  1. July 5, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Leaving judgement until the after-death is akin to a close encounter of matter and antimatter. Surrender of authority, control, and responsibility from society to a non-existent deity would result in a state of chaos worse than anarchy. The real and the imaginary should never coexist in reality such that their interaction results in a displacement by the non-existent to directly influence or control reality.

    • July 5, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      I’m okay with the imaginary co-existing with reality as long as it is continually recognized as exactly that…imaginary. It’s when an idea such as “judgement in the afterlife” is taken seriously that I begin to worry. That’s when counteractive measures have to be implemented to prevent the damaging effects of religion.

      • July 5, 2014 at 11:36 pm

        reagentpost,

        I agree in principle, although I would temper my thinking to allow for long term solutions. I said the following earlier today, and it applies here as well.

        I believe that religion can fade from our lives in the future. I also believe that future to be distant. Civilization requires fundamental change to make religion unnecessary, and that will take time.

      • July 5, 2014 at 11:48 pm

        Oh of course. I was not suggesting an acceptance of religion. I completely agree that there needs to be a fundamental change.

        I’m okay with the imaginary existing in our reality as long as it not taken as truth. Just as the Greek gods and goddesses have taken their places in books of mythology; I believe modern day religions should take their place as society continues to progress. In time I suppose.

      • July 5, 2014 at 11:49 pm

        One can hope.

  2. July 6, 2014 at 12:45 am

    I think you’re right about the people saying such things not really believing it themselves. Some of the most religious places on earth are also have some of the harshest penal systems.

    I do agree that such sentiments (if ever taken seriously and not just used as senseless feel good religious babble) would be dangerous if adopted by society.

    • July 6, 2014 at 1:06 am

      Exactly. I think a major problem is religions refusing to condemn the ever so present extremist practices in an attempt to preserve “religious freedoms.” In these situations believing that we should just let God handle things is not going to turn out well for anyone.

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