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What would the world be like if people didn't believe in heaven?


Hundreds of people have gathered in New York's Central Park to create a giant Peace Sign in commemoration of John Lennon whose 75th birthday would have been on Friday, Oct. 9th. The song "Imagine" contains the lyrics: "Imagine there's no heaven...". If people the world over really did not believe in heaven, or in other words, in life after death, how would that change human interactions? What would the world be like? What would your individual life be like? Does a belief in heaven prevent us from being better stewards of earth or hold us back from achieving at a more rapid pace?

 

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Edward J. Palumbo says

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    Billie Kelpin 17 months ago

    a very thoughtful comment, Edward. For the non-believer, there is less contentment and solace for sure. For me personally, the thought of existence after death scares me more than the tought of non-existence. I might change my mind later on ;) !!


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    dashingscorpio 17 months ago

    "Some people would turn to a life of crime if they thought there were no repercussions." Heaven is about the "afterlife"

    We'd still have laws, prisons, and the death penalty. :)


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    Billie Kelpin 17 months ago

    Dashing, I agree. I think the shift in focus would make wars less inevitable and the treasuring of life more intense. However, we might need a whole new group psychologists helping people w the terrible pain of loss,especially the loss of a child.

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    Billie Kelpin 17 months ago

    Grace, Very thoughtful and logical! I'm wondering about the second group though. I'm not sure the fear of not going to heaven deters people from evil doing. I'm wondering if there's simply a "nature PLUS nurture" component in that. I don't know.


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    Grace Marguerite Williams (gmwilliams) 17 months ago

    Yes, humankind will evolve beyond artificial boundaries and become ONE. Humankind will become less tribal and egocentric. Humankind will go beyond religiosity and into spirituality. After all, humans are spiritual creatures.


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    Billie Kelpin 17 months ago

    passionatelearnr. Thank you for your point of view. However, there are millions upon millions of atheists, agnostics, and other non-traditional believers who lead highly moral and ethical lives. Their behavior is not driven by fear of punishment.

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    Billie Kelpin 17 months ago

    Saideep Karanam, Thank you for expressing your viewpoint. To do good for others for an ultimate reward is not the motivation of many people. Many do good with no expectation of reward, except knowing that they are promoting another's welfare.

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