My profile photo is a radio show about religion where I made a statement that "religion cheapens life". The others jumped on me like I said Jesus was gay. But to my thinking if you believe there's an afterlife this one becomes trivial. Life is a miracle of nature, the result of billions of years of slow evolution. Believing that God created life takes away the appreciation and fascination of the natural world such that we look forward more to the next life than this one. Look at the way people treat the animals and the natural wonders of our Earth.
Some religions are worse than others when it comes to cheapening life. I agree that a belief in an afterlife, particularly when offered as a reward, tends to not only devalue our existence on this planet, but the very planet itself. What need is there, after all, to conserve resources and protect the environment when your god is just going to wipe everything out and make it all brand new again?
I don't know Jesus wasn't gay.
There was the Disciple Jesus loved, who was resting his (or maybe her) head on his chest.
There was the naked youth that ran off when Jesus was being arrested, maybe the same guy?
Yea, a first century Jew that got to age 30 without ever getting married, I don't think so.
In the 1950's and 60's they called them "confirmed" bachelors, code for, "We know this guy is gay but he's still OK." Like Liberace, whom my step mother still doesn't believe was gay.