Thoughts on death
Here is some personal ponderings that I thought I would throw out. The anonymity of the forums is very liberating. That said. Death? Is it safe to think that the first beliefs in supernatural deities may be attributed to attempting an answer by a cognizant beings questioning of the finality of death? Death for ancient people must have appeared spontaneous and erratic. One day you are tickling a child the next day they are stricken with illness and die. Of course as science and understanding increased of our natural environment, the spontaneity and erratic nature of death becomes more understandable. That is not to say that death isn’t a sad time or tragic in some instances and welcome in others. For me examining why the initial creation of a god was needed helps me to conceptualize a theist (strong) beliefs in a god. A study in empathy if one will allow me. Personally, I’m not agnostic nor hinting at it, I’m not questioning gods existence at all. He does not exist. I’m trying to understand how others come to believe god exist and when theist throw out causality arguments and logical arguments etc, etc. what they fail to convey to me is how ancient/original man formulated their first beliefs without being students of causality arguments and logic etc. etc. Many Christian beliefs fall short of my empathic ability due to the fact that some of the higher thought required and attributed to the first Christian(s) simply could not have existed. For me dying is scary but only due to the fact that I like control, or maybe I should say, a more direct input into my “situation.” An illustrative example may be to try to express my concern over my children and that they will be safe and secure. If I die in a house fire then that sucks for me but my fear (of dying) is that I wouldn’t be able to help my children get out of that same fire. If my death were to result then I would never know if they got out, thus the root of my fear. If many people shared my similar thoughts then I can see how the perpetuation of a supernatural deity could take root and flourish, what a relief it would be if a supernatural being was there to keep my “essence” intact long enough to either help my children or allow me to know what came of them after my death. My death doesn’t correlate directly with my fear of dying rather my fears is based on what may occur after my death. I’m more afraid of missing something, space travel, alien contact or anything that may happen in the future. To lighten this a bit, I’m afraid of missing the future, not of dying. I’m not an earth-shattering, deep thinker so pardon me if I don’t articulate myself very well. Epicurus pretty much settles the fear of death for me, personally, with his saying, summarized in my words; I knew of no passing of time before my birth therefore I will know of no passing of time after my death. If an imaginary supernatural being could be created to help individuals deal with such fears of the inane part of living as “death” then I could see its evolution into what we have today. Other folks thoughts and insights may may add to my own. If one likes the Epicurus trilemma, “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?” Why create a god at all?
A book which the Mohammedans foolishly believe to have been written by divine inspiration, but which Christians know to be a wicked imposture, contradictory to the Holy Scriptures. ~ The Devil's Dictionary