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Author Topic:   Oh my God, I'm an Atheist !!
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Message 53 of 183 (410016)
07-12-2007 7:32 PM
Reply to: Message 1 by riVeRraT
07-11-2007 10:33 AM

Will you at that moment look to God, and maybe ask Him something?
You know, the one that doesn't exist?
I guess it depends on how quickly the end approaches.
If someone told me I had 10 minutes to live I really don't know how I would react. Would my intellect take a back seat and would I be overcome with emotion and perhaps have an emotional breakdown? Probably. Would I be afraid and even terrified? Yes
If I knew I had 6 months to live I would be left with a longer time to contemplate my life and the impending end. Perhaps I might grasp onto the idea of an afterlife out of fear and the desire to continue my existence. Perhaps I might not. I really don't know. Whatever the answers I came up with they would no doubt in part be fueled by emotions. To what extent I really don't know either.
Anyways the primary cause of death is birth. We can't control either but we can control what happens in between. My life really is not directed around how I might or will act when my time is up. The present is the only place I will ever live. When my time arrives I will deal with it as it comes.

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Message 101 of 183 (410388)
07-14-2007 5:53 PM
Reply to: Message 89 by Percy
07-14-2007 8:18 AM

Re: Some Observations
Some atheists and agnostics have conceded that they might well experience a deathbed conversion, but that given the circumstances it would be meaningless. I must admit that this answer appears to concede the very point the question was intended to make: that atheists and agnostics do, underneath it all, believe there is a God. I don't understand why a true atheist/agnostic would feel his mind might turn in this direction at death, so I won't comment.
Fear can be overpowering. We humans can be so overpowered by emotions that reason takes a back seat. For instance my fiance is terrified of flying. Recenlty I tried to get her to take a flight to Chicago instead of driving. We went over the exceedingly rare probabilty of mishaps, the attention to detail pilots employ, the nature of daily aircraft inspections and maintenance ect. She aggreed that rationally it was nothing worth worying about but in the end just couldn't bring herself to get on the plane. The fear trumped the intellect.
I am an agnostic and confident in the views I do hold but I have no idea how I would react if someone told me I had 10 minutes to live. What role would my emotions play and would fear or anxiety overpower my intellect? I really don't know. I have never been in that situation.

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