It is rather understandable that some people like Neil deGrasse, who seem to spend most of their brain power on scientific issues, may find difficult to understand/explain a “loving god” behind tsunamis and/or so many other catastrophes. They do not seem to understand that “God” is beyond what we humans know/consider as good or evil and that pain/suffering, no matter how great, is limited in time/space.
Obviously, it is not easy to comprehend what is beyond this dimension of time/space, e.g., eternity? However, it is a simple exercise to imagine that if there were not evil in this world, we would be in “paradise.”
Nevertheless, what I find very difficult to understand, is how can anyone get up and muster the energy and will power every single day when they have chosen to believe that once they die, that’s it!
In other words, how can anyone find the motivation to remain alive and carry on doing anything when they think that their whole purpose in life is just like that of any other creature on Earth? Actually worse, because other creatures don’t even think about it.
How can anyone find a purpose worth living for when you know, or think you know, that there is no life after death? The only explanation I can think of is denial. People who choose not to believe in life after death are not willing/able to deal with the mind-boggling complexity behind life on Earth, let alone the creation of the universe. Thus, they ‘comfortably’ choose to deny it.
Watching a debate on Youtube among many bright minds about the existence or not of God, I was really appalled by the fact that they all seem to miss what I consider a very basic point from a pragmatic perspective, even Michio Kaku missed it.
It is obvious, as Einstein pointed out, that even the pretence of proving or disproving something that is incomprehensible to begin with is a foolish and unattainable exercise.
However, the basic point that they all seemed to have missed is that common sense dictates that it is in one’s advantage to err on the safe side.
In other words, if those who choose to believe that there is no life after death are right, they gain nothing. And if they are wrong, they gain nothing either. So, if they stick to their choice, they stand to lose either way!
On the other hand, if those who choose to believe that there is life after death are wrong, they lose nothing. But, if they are right, they stand to gain life everlasting!
This is a no brainer!
In addition to having the possibility of an everlasting life, if one chooses to believe in God (However one chooses to define it), one would also have a higher purpose to get up every morning, other than the typical mundane routine.
Further to having a higher purpose other than a mundane routine, by believing in life after death, we have the marvellous opportunity to exercise one of life’s greatest powers, namely, the power of faith!
There you have it. The choice is all yours!
Here’s to the health of your choice of life!
JC Wandemberg Ph.D.
About the author: Dr. Wandemberg is the Dean of Woxsen School of Arts & Design and an international consultant, professor, and analyst of economic, environmental, social, managerial, marketing, and political issues. For the past 25 + years Dr. Wandemberg has collaborated with corporations, communities, and organizations to integrate sustainability through self-transformation processes and Open Systems Design Principles, thus, catalyzing a Culture of Trust, Transparency, and Integrity.