I've always been fascinated by Christians who say they believe in heaven, then scramble in a panic when they get diagnosed with a mortal illness. If they really believed they'd be going to an eternal paradise where they'd be reunited with loved ones and meet god, wouldn't they embrace/welcome their impending death or even try to hasten it?
Years ago, I had an elderly neighbor (way up in his 70s) who nearly died from a heart attack. He said that he lived because so many people prayed for him. I thought, dude, shouldn't they have been praying for you to die so you could go home to heaven? Of course, I did not say this.
And were not their prayers totally selfish? They wanted him around so they would not miss him.
Furthermore, isn't it incredibly cruel to keep someone with a severe disability (perhaps paralysed from the neck down) alive in this world, when they could go onto the next and be fully functional again?
I've always felt this was proof that most religious people are really just playing Pascal's Wager. They don't truly believe. They're just hoping the promise of paradise is true, and hedging their bets in case it is.
I agree with your words totally. In defense of these Christians they believe that you cannot do yourself in or hurry up the process. Killing yourself is forbidden, and many today imagine they will end up as the small sparks surrounding god's big spark. That does not sound exciting. As for being in heaven with loved ones and reunited, this used to be preached as a big heavenly reunion. It all makes you think that deep down they do not believe this at all. It's just a big club that they belong to and not anything that is real.
I actually heard a minister talk on this. Being a minister he was often called on to be with individuals on their death bed. He stated he was confused as to why some christians are accepting of death, and others just "fight it." He talked for about 30 minutes but never came up with an answer to his own question.
In looking back at some of his sermons, I really believe he questioned a lot about god, the bible, and christianity. I'll never forget his sermon on Abraham and god's request to kill his son. He stated to us, "I will never sacrifice my family upon the altar of god, so don't expect it of me." I remember thinking that he is a different kind of preacher.
bradnyijuan pretty much hit it on the head. They're just as ignorant as the rest of us. Playing at religious convictions is all well and good when you're healthy. But when the chips go down and time gets short, we revert to what we know has at least some chance -- even if that chance is slim.
They have ample experience that prayer and faith almost never deliver.
They know that when it counts they have to stick with the real world.
There was a popular song about that very phenomenon, "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, but Nobody Wants to Die." Maybe part of the reason is captured in the polka "In Heaven There is No Beer, That's Why We Drink it Here." But it's probably more complex than that.
It suggests a lack of faith.Many denominations consider less than full faith a direct, one way, and permanent ticket to hell. If there were hypothetically a heaven it might be full of zealots like mass shooters, terrorists, suicide bombers, pedophiles, and cruel dictators, oligarchs, and slave owners who really believe that all sins are forgiven by faith alone and fearlessly live without empathy and die proud and ready for the ultimate reward.