Many people seem to look to religion for hope. Hope for tomorrow. Hope for the afterlife.
People cling to religion to cushion the blow of our mortality.
If that helps, that's fine with me.
But religion often perpetuates the very fear we want to escape as we practice religion.
I don't like the idea of dying. But, I hate the idea of dying and going to hell even worse. I'm not too excited about the idea of heaven either.
Regardless of how euphoric god's presence would be, what autonomy will you have in heaven?
Maybe that's why the sinner can't go to heaven; The sinner isn't ready to surrender self.
That's sort of like dying, too, though. But, the priests get to stay in control though.
Death worries me some, still. But not like when I was Christian.
I've come to accept that in the end all people are terminally ill. We all have a disease called mortality.
But I have hope for tomorrow. I enjoy life and I look forward to tomorrow. This life now is precious. This is all I know until I pass on.