If you don’t believe in God, does that mean that your life has no meaning?

No, in fact it’s quite the reverse – to me, life is incredibly precious, because it is the only life we get.

In fact, I see the other side of the argument as reversed, too – a belief in an afterlife sometimes puts less value on this life. I see this whenever someone talks about how they will be reunited with their loved ones after death, or when they speak of someone who has passed away and say “He is in a better place now.”

For me, these things don’t work. For all that I know, I won’t see my parents, relatives, or friends who have died, ever again. This makes my time with them infinitely precious.

Then there are those who firmly believe that the good things we do in this life are absolutely worthless, and that faith in their god is the only thing that counts. To me, this is one of the biggest examples of someone giving zero value to life that I can imagine. (In fact, it creates a huge contradiction when someone who believes this also claims that atheists have no reason to be moral, but that’s another topic…)


2 Responses to “If you don’t believe in God, does that mean that your life has no meaning?”

  1. September 2, 2010 at 3:32 am

    Absolutely. If we only get these days, few as they are, here on earth and that is it, life is so much more precious. I don’t know how this idea got started, but it’s sad to me that people can’t understand. It’s very simple.

    Also, I love the title for your blog, as a side note. I’m probably going to end up commenting too much. Oh well. 🙂

  2. 2 funandprophet
    September 2, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Breana – Don’t worry about commenting too much. I’m happy to see some comments coming in, from yourself and a few other people. The blog has been showing a big increase in hits lately, but the lack of interaction was making me think that maybe it was all spammers.

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I am an atheist, a person who does not believe in the existence of any gods.

Many people don't know a lot about atheists, and have questions about them. In this blog, I do my best to answer them, to help build an understanding between atheists and theists.

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