Belief in afterlife made me do the "right thing"
Some time ago I was at a stand selling some products.
Someone came to me and told me "oh I would like to take this product. Your friend upstairs recomended it to me and I thought about it, decide to take it"
So I put the product in the bag and charged her. Bear in mind we earn in commission base.
Another colleague who was next to me said: "cool! Don't say anything you keep it! you made the sell"
I started to have a moral problem though. I remember having some thoughts about it for some time.
I knew for SURE anyone on my team that was in my place would keep the sell for him/herself and get the money. Also knew for sure that if I stayed quiet I would kept the money with no problems. But I also know that I'm not just like anyone.
What turned me around was also knowing that for a complete happy afterlife I would have to put altruism and love in my decisions even those hidden that no one would know about or had no punishment.
So I went up, told her everything and said I wanted to split the commission with her. She agreed.
Some hours later she went to the manager and was decided that she would take the whole commission because she argued that she alone persuaded the client to the buying.
If I went back in time to the same situation, I would do the same thing.
This is a true story.
If I lived on a purposeless existence I would be a Machiavelli. But I'm more like Kant in ethics. You can only rationalize western values if you have a purpose beyond your finite desires. Moral evolution can only explain why. Not the "qualia". Whether there's an afterlife or not can have an impact on daily decisions.
I believe there are tons of "believers" that actually don't believe anything and are much like atheists. It's only fear, nurture or social missinformation that makes them come here and argue the Bible with you guys.
True love is one of those things that you have to take a real effort to do with no guarantees. It's not the easiest thing to do. Now for many the "spoils of war" are way better than the that personal warm feeling.
"I once prayed to god for a bike, but quickly found out he didnt work that way...so I stole a bike and prayed for his forgiveness"
"All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force... We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter." (Max Planck)
"the existence of mind in some organism on some planet in the universe is surely a fact of fundamental significance. Through conscious beings the universe has generated self-awareness. This can be no trivial detail, no minor byproduct of mindless, purposeless forces. We are truly meant to be here." Paul Davies