Regardless of what someone believes, a reasonable person should at least admit they don’t KNOW if an afterlife exists and death might result in the termination of one’s consciousness.
By this simple logic, if religious people really wanted eternal life, they SHOULD BE fighting for Indefinite life extension. But seeing as how most religious people are completely ambivalent about preventing their own death via aging, they are recklessly GAMBLING with their existence!
As I see it, the problem with most religious people is they PRETEND TO KNOW that God and heaven exists….
“Pretending to know things that you do not know is the lifeblood of religion.” ― Sam Harris
I think religious people PRETEND TO KNOW because admitting they might be wrong is too scary for them. They would have to admit that they may never see their dead loved ones ever again. They would also lose the feeling of security regarding their own eternal life… They would rather PRETEND TO KNOW so they can keep their psychological security blanket. Even a splinter of doubt could threaten their feeling of existential safety.
And the second problem is they value what the bible says ABOVE LOGIC AND EVIDENCE.
“If someone doesn’t value evidence, what evidence are you going to provide to prove that they should value it? If someone doesn’t value logic, what logical argument could you provide to show the importance of logic?” ― Sam Harris
And the third problem: Most religious people think indefinite life extension goes against “God’s plan”. They generally view transhumanist technology as “humanity reaching too high” and would compare it to a modern Tower of Babel.
For the most part I think we’re going to have to save ourselves without much help from religious people because it’s hard to get them to see things from the transhumanist point of view. For the average religious person, death really is “part of the plan” ….How would you reason with them?
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