>>Well, some distinctions are in order. Certainly Christians believe in an afterlife. As for them, our present condition is indeed temporary and will be extinguished. But this does not apply to many others who do not believe in an afterlife.<<
"Certainly Christians believe in an afterlife."
I don't know if all Christians believe in an afterlife..
What I comprehend from the references made to "Heaven" the Kingdom of Heaven, etc.. Is that Jesus was talking about a state of mind an ideology a philosophy that would place Man in a position where Man could realize that all Men are equal and that Man should not bow to any other Man in slavery.
The interiorization of the ideas he defended would elevate man to "heaven" before death, not after it.
"But without the presupposition of God's existence, I would find mankind to be even less than unimpressive. Mankind would be a herd of chemical sacks."
I accept in the Idea of God as created by Man but not in any genuine deity or supreme being and I do not consider myself a chemical sack. :)
>>Now why do you believe in human worth and dignity? Is there something innate within man that carries worth beyond the merely physical?<<
I believe in human worth and dignity because we have the capacity to discuss and develop Ideas that otherwise may not have been addressed in the Universe. Questions like "why do you believe in human worth and dignity?" are a great example.
"Is there something innate within man that carries worth beyond the merely physical?"
"Jesus said, "The man old in days will not hesitate to ask a
small child seven days old about the place of life, and he will
live. For many who are first will become last, and they will
become one and the same.""
I try to change people every day. Do You?
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