First of all, I don't know tons about religion, but I consider myself a Protestant to some extent. What if we die and have a terrible fate afterwards?If hell exists, what if we are automatically sent there and have to escape to prove ourselves or something?(regardless if we were good or bad)
Sometimes I think like this and get paranoid. Then I think, what if we become ghosts and get stuck in purgatory on earth? I often hear this when it comes to paranormal related stuff...
I know this sounds like a stretch, but if we are proving ourselves on earth, what if we have to go through something else....
There is no point in worrying about all the possible what if's of something for which there's no solid evidence to sustain in the first place, let alone try to guess what would it be like.
Read John 3 16-19, if you can agree with that, don't worry, read your bible and ask God to answer the question, the 'empty vessels' on these pages will only seek to lead you away from Christ.
Matthew 6:33-34 (Amplified Bible)
But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.
Empty vessels ? Says who ?
person who is challenged when it comes to logic and reasoning ?
Was I referring to you?
...but if the cap fits....
you wasn't ? yeah yeah... preacher preaching his religion by calling non-believers empty vessels..and twists his words by saying he wasn't talking about them ?
Let's talk about logic and reasoning from deluded religious nutcase ?
This is exactly what bothers me about hard core religion.
What if this life is all you get, you die and poof thats it, your gone, and you spend it worrying about the after life instead of living it now?
What if you waste this precious gift of life worrying about something you can not ever know about before the event?
What if there is a God and you wasted the precious gift She gave you worrying about something way beyond your ability to control or understand (namely death, can't stop it or control it)? Is she likely to be too pleased at such a waste?
She/He/It may not be worried if we spend our lives doing what He told us to do....
...and you presume that 'we' believers do not enjoy our lives, mines been fuller than most folk on earth and continues to be so day by day.....
....plus I'm not the one getting ratty about faith and it's effects on the world!
Very well said, kirsten.
The likelihood of us as humans ever discovering what happens after we die, living to tell about it afterward is diametrically opposed to the lengthy list of "what ifs" we can conjure from our imaginations.
I think that you need to give yourself a break, and try not to think these types of negative thoughts. Just concentrate on enjoying this life and doing the best you can, and let any afterlife take care of itself when the time comes.
If you do believe in a god, isn't god supposed to be all about love? So why would any god if they existed want to send you to hell or test you in the afterlife?
Well, I don't mean god sending us to hell, but perhaps another "force" that sends us.
I mean we always associate the devil and god with good and evil, but what if there is something else that may be the cause of our fates?
Well ultimately we will not know until we are actually dead. There are enough things to stress about in the here and now, so it is not productive or good for your health to fret about what might happen when you are dead. Try to live in the now and enjoy the moment.
"what if" is the most important question we can ask
Wow at least my 8th grade teacher used to say lol...
What if it's "lights out" once we're dead - and some of us have spent our short lives thinking about something that's a matter of "lights out"?
Even if there is someone/something "beyond", I don't think we're being tested here anyway. I think it's more a matter of we're being dealt a hand of cards that we can play as we choose (within the limits of it, though). Whether or not that "hand" is dealt by some "being", or instead dealt just by luck, Nature, or some other force in the Universe - who knows that either... Some may see playing that hand we're dealt well, or with strength, as "being tested" and proving ourselves (if to nobody but ourselves), but I don't think it's all a test as if it's tryouts for the soccer team (or something). Either way, for now I'm going with the "lights out" thing.
What could be worse than dying....once we die, we either become an agent of hell or heaven if you believe in all that Hokum! or we just die and become compost for the earth whether that's us buried in the ground or cremated and sprinkled on a cupcake.
The bad fate could have already happened, because you're dead....!
You are assuming that when the car breaks down the driver dies with it.
The driver just abandons the car and joins the Automobile Association hoping he can get a management job with Henry Ford and not have to install hubcaps on the assembly line.
Whoa....car and their drivers, I didn't even mention a car or their driver!!
But if the car breaks down go and find a mechanic to see what can be done!
And also what if the driver dies and the car doesn't break down, that would mean the car might get sold on ebay as parts for a fair price and the journey still ends!!!
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