Posted by Skymaster (188.8.131.52) on March 17, 2000 at 16:02:52:
In Reply to: Yes, actually I do posted by Todd on March 17, 2000 at 14:26:50:
> Why do you have the 'right' to try to enlighten me about your faith, yet you deny me the right to do the same?
But you HAVE enlightened me about your faith! You actually help people and you have hope that it makes a difference. I am attempting to get further enlightenment on your faith.
I didn't think about calling you a liar but now that you mention it ... I just don't see how you can say anything makes a difference if our ultimate fate is non-existence. What's the point?
I totally agree with you that compassion is a trait shared by many different beliefs and non-beliefs. In fact, athiests can be some of the most compassionate! But why?
Why make a difference for others and not for self? If the conclusion of life is nothingness, then whatever pain people suffer simply goes away and need not ever be remembered. Death is relief? Death is better than life? Why then, are we compelled to live?
There is no difference NOW if there is no difference LATER. The notion that we fall out of existence means that we, whatever we do, everyone else, and whatever they do might as well have never existed.
So where is your meaning and truth in the universe if eventually we do not exist?
I'm not asking you to give your heart to whatever religion it is that you are bitter about. I'm just asking you to explain your philosophy.
You say you're here to make a difference but if "you weren't, you are, one day you won't be" then there is no difference. That's how I see it. How do you see it any differently?
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