I estimate the probability of there being an afterlife to be vanishingly small, in other words for all practical purposes impossible. Why?
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)
- The afterlife is totally unlike anything on earth. That is just not the way the universe behaves. It smells much more like a fairy story than a scientific claim.
- All the 60,000 religions disagree on how it works. No religion can offer evidence. They just speculate.
- There is no mechanism for information in living bodies to pass into eternity. When nerves rot, all your memories die. People have postulated a soul, but have no evidence for it, just wishful thinking. No known or even speculated physics could support one. There are no photos, no detections, just artists’ conceptions created purely from the imagination. The soul is claimed to be supernatural, not subject to any physical laws, in other words magic, conveniently impenetrable to study.
- The whole scheme is ridiculously unfair — eternal torture for the non-crime of failing to believe Jesus’ bullshit presented without any evidence. An omni-benevolent deity would come up with something much fairer than that. This story is the creation of some sadistic, unscrupulous con man, pulling in the marks to Christianity by hook or by crook.
- The supposed reward of heaven is a nightmare. Who could tolerate an eternity singing praises to Yahweh? That is terminal boredom. This goes on even longer than the age of the universe, with no way out.
- Nothing in nature expresses any interest in human morality. This is purely a human concern.
- The scheme handles humans only. There are other intelligent moral creatures.
- There are way too many loopholes for scoundrels to get into heaven. Heaven could not be heaven with so many scoundrels.
- There are so many competing afterlife schemes. There is nothing to recommend the Christian one over any of the others. The only one with even a scrap of evidence is reincarnation.
- It was created as part of a scam to extort people into handing over money to avoid hell. Believing the Christians is like taking Bernie Madoff’s patter as holy writ.