I read a blog post this morning in which the writer shared a story that triggered some thoughts I had not previously considered.
Briefly … a little background.
The blogger had been a Christian most of his life and dutifully raised his children in the faith. However, in 2007, his oldest son declared himself to be an atheist. As would be expected, this disturbed the family to no small degree, but it also prompted the blog writer to look more closely at his own faith.
Over the next several years, he spent considerable time reading and doing research related to Christianity and its roots. Little by little, he began his own journey toward atheism.
It was during this time that his aunt, who was a believer, faced imminent death and he went to be with her. Although she (and his mother) were both Christians, he said he managed to avoid discussing religion and simply shared past experiences.
Reading his story, a rather probing question occurred to me — and I’d like to ask it of my atheist audience who have had a religious background — especially those who have been in the evangelical movement where the teaching of heaven and hell is so prevalent.
You are at life’s end. In mere moments, you know you will take your last breath and it will be … The End. Kaput. Finis. The Grand Finale. The Endgame.
My question: Can you HONESTLY say you would be totally free of ANY thoughts related to your eternal destiny?
While at this moment in time I can personally say with confidence that I no longer harbor any fears related to my demise, I do recognize the power of my former Christian beliefs related to life’s end. And I am forced to admit … they could intervene.
So what about you? If you know you’re at death’s door, are you absolutely certain of your final thoughts?
(Please remember — this question is for former believers. If you’ve always been an atheist, it obviously has no relevance. Further, I’m not soliciting thoughts related to any kind of “spiritual” afterlife. It’s all about “that moment.”)