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Ok so I never post in here. But I've been wondering this and would like lots of answers
If you as an atheist don't believe in God or Heaven or Hell.
What do you feel happens after someone dies?
Do you believe recreation,after life,or thats it nothing more that's the end.
Asking because not to offended anyone people have a right to believe whatever they want I just find it kinda sad if you believe that's just the end.
Thanks reading and answering
by on Oct. 27, 2013 at 9:35 AM
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by on Oct. 29, 2013 at 1:29 AM
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Quoting Paigesmommy78:

If you as an atheist don't believe in God or Heaven or Hell.
correct. no heaven nor hell

What do you feel happens after someone dies?  
you just die.  the body no longer works and the brain dies.  and the person ceases to be a living being.

Do you believe recreation,after life,or thats it nothing more that's the end.
just the end.

Asking because not to offended anyone people have a right to believe whatever they want I just find it kinda sad if you believe that's just the end.  
its not sad at all.  i am very happy, love life, feel excited about life.  i have a long life and i plan to live it to the fullest and do my very best to be a positive and productive helpful person.  dont be sad for us.  this LIFE is what matters to us not some possible reward or punishment later... do the good NOW, be the good NOW.. not for reward or to avoid punishment, but simply because being a good person and being happy is good and right.  

by Ruby Member on Oct. 29, 2013 at 1:31 AM
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we decay and our energy lives on
by Silver Member on Oct. 29, 2013 at 1:53 AM
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As a humanist, I believe when I die, my body is what is left for my family to follow my donation directive & then to bury what is left in a decomposible box. If my family is lucky enough to afford it, I hope they can bury me under a tree so my body becomes tree food.

I do not believe in any: heaven, hell, god(s), devils, afterlife, reserection, or religion(s). And nope, I am not offended by questions.

I'm an secular Humanist since 2005.
Married since 1989. SAHM of one teen DD.
Awarenesses I follow: Epilepsy, Dyscalculia & Down Syndrome.
I am: Lactose & Alcohol intolerant.
I support: gay pride, gun rights, Obama, pro-choice and I'm a Liberal.
by Member on Oct. 29, 2013 at 10:23 AM
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Actually, it has not been proven.
Quoting kattcooper:

Evolution... It has been proven.

by on Oct. 29, 2013 at 10:39 AM
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I believe that we go wherever we dream of when we die. I'm not sure I believe in God or Heaven. 

by Bronze Member on Oct. 29, 2013 at 10:43 AM
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I'm on the fence about God, but since I have seen and sensed spirits from a very young age and now my DD too has the "gift" I find it hard to believe in heaven or hell. If heaven is so amazing why would my grandma come and visit us so often? Plus she was not religious so how did she get to heaven in the first place according to religion? My DD sees her every few months and she was too little to remember her when she passed away. She was just three at the time and came up to my mom and I as we were looking at pictures of her. She asked who it was and I told her her great grandmother. She said "I saw her". And I asked when. And she said "last night. She was in my room and told me to tell Grammy (my mom) that she was fine". My grandma had passed away two days before. My DD who's now almost 6 will periodically tell me that grandma has visited and she says hi or she loves me. I've had some experiences as well.
But anyways I guess what I'm getting at is I believe our spirits stay around. Maybe on another plane. I kind of like the idea of reincarnation, but I'm not sure I believe in it. I don't like organized religion. It's to hypocritical for me. And there's so many variations who's to say which one is correct.
by Gold Member on Oct. 30, 2013 at 5:09 AM
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Quoting Paigesmommy78:

I just find it kinda sad if you believe that's just the end.

You have 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great grandparents, 16 great
great grandparents (most now dead) and so on, going back generation
upon generation.  10 generations back (300 years ago), you have 1000
ancestors.  20 generations back (600 years ago) you have 1,000,000
ancestors.   And if any one of those had died, or married someone
else, or made love on a different day so a different sperm met the
egg, you would have been someone different.   The chances of your
particular existence, even for the brief few years we get on this
Earth, are fantastically small.   You come from a long line of
winners, people who (unlike all the possibles who never got to come
into existence) won the lottery of life by getting born.

We live, and then we die.  That is the cycle of life.  It isn't a
tragedy, though evoluton has programmed us to fight against it with
everything we have, because those who didn't, generally failed to pass
on their genes.  It is natural - intentional, if you like.  Neither
our minds nor bodies are optimised for living forever.   But, though
our personality and organic body ceases to function when we die, there
are some things that carry on.   The warm memories that others hold of
us.  The continuing ripples from the deeds we did in life, like a ring
expanding forever from a stone dropped into an infinite pond.

And the atoms our body is made from.  They didn't originally come from
dirt in the ground.   Billions of years ago, inconcievably far away, a
massive massive star exploded, much larger than our Sun, and in so
doing it created all the iron and calcium and other stuff in your
body, fusing them from pure hydrogen from the very Big Bang itself.
We are made from star stuff, and when eventually our Sun expands to
engulf the Earth 100,000 years from now, back to the stars we shall
go, all of us together, our ancestors and children alike, united in a
shining ball of light that may, in turn, give birth to new planets and
new life.

by Gold Member on Oct. 30, 2013 at 5:16 AM
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Quoting AmberWetrosky:

I've always wondered what the heck the difference is between an Agnostic and an Atheist.

What do Atheists believe?


Everyone believes in something.  What do Atheists believe in?

Actually, some people do try to avoid having beliefs of any sort.  Such people are called "rationalists" or "skeptics".  Holding a "belief", in this sense of the word, means "attributing more certainty to a statement than you can justify using objective evidence".  Skeptics tend not to hold beliefs in UFOs, ghosts, Elvis sightings, and many other things.

But you're right.  Not all atheists are skeptics about everything.  What the group of people referred to as "atheists" have in common is that they don't hold a belief in existence of supernatural deities.

Why is there even a name for that?

Because theologans came up with one.  If academics started studying Elvis sightings, one of them would probably come up with a specific name for people who didn't hold a belief in Elvis still being alive.

So, Atheists believe that the God doesn't exist?

No, that would also be a belief.  There is no absolute objective proof that a supernatural deity of some form doesn't exist, just as there is no conclusive proof that nowhere in the Universe does there exist a thousand mile high statue of Mickey Mouse - nobody has searched every planet around every star to check for the absence of such a statue so, until they have, there is always a very very small remote possibility.

Does that mean Atheists are the same as Agnostics?

Technically an Agnostic might think there is some evidence suggesting the existence of a supernatural deity, just not be 100% convinced.  Though in practice, many think it is unknowable.  It is quite possible to be both atheist and agnostic, and some use the phrase "toothy-fairy agnostic" to indicate which end of the agnostic spectrum they are.

Atheist (Strong) :== "I believe that no supernatural deities exist."

Atheist (Weak) :== "I do not hold a belief in the existance of any supernatural deities."

Agnostic (Strong) :== "I believe that it is not possible for anyone to know whether supernatural deities exist or not."

Agnostic (Weak) :== "I personally don't know whether supernatural deities exist or not.  I don't hold a belief 100% in either direction."

Apatheist (Type 1) :== "Whether or not a supernatural deity exists should not affect our perceptions of Good and Evil."

Apatheist (Type 2) :== "I don't care whether or not a supernatural deity exists.  I'm not interested.  It is not an important question."

Ignostic (Type 1) :== "The question 'Does God Exist' is meaningless, because the concept of 'God' is meaningless." (also known as Theological Noncognitivism)

Ignostic (Type 2) :== "The question 'Does God Exist' is meaningless, because the term 'God' is meaningless or insufficiently defined."

by Gold Member on Oct. 30, 2013 at 5:23 AM
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Quoting trainlady:

I believe in a supreme being but I don't believe in man made religion.

That would make you a theist, and most likely a heretic:

heretic :== "a dissenter from established religious dogma"

You might well be some form of deist, or unitarian, along the lines of Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, James Madison and John Adams.

by Gold Member on Oct. 30, 2013 at 5:27 AM
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Quoting Jammin.:
Quoting kattcooper:
Quoting trainlady:

So my question to them is "where did we come from?"


Where did we come from before that? What did we evolve from?

What is the Atheist Etiology?

Maximum         Minimum           Event

13,830,000,000  13,570,000,000    Start of this universe
 4,590,000,000   4,490,000,000    Start of the Earth
 4,100,000,000                    Surface of Earth cools enough for RNA to form
 3,800,000,000   3,400,000,000    Start of life on Earth
 2,800,000,000   2,400,000,000    Simple multicellular organisms
 2,100,000,000   1,600,000,000    Eukaryotic cells and sexual reproduction
   600,000,000     580,000,000    Complex multicellular life with Hox genes
   550,000,000     500,000,000    Cambrian 'explosion' and ozone layer
   500,000,000                    Fish
   300,000,000                    Reptiles
                   260,000,000    End of the Karoo Ice Age
   230,000,000                    First Dinosaurs
   200,000,000                    Mammals & break up of Pangaea supercontinent
   150,000,000                    Birds
   130,000,000                    Flowers
                    65,000,000    Last Dinosaurs
    55,000,000      50,000,000    Rats, Whales, Bats, Camels & Primates
    40,000,000                    Split between New World and Old World monkeys
    35,000,000      30,000,000    Grass, Pigs, Cats, Dogs
    25,000,000                    Split between Old World monkeys and apes
                    10,000,000    Savanna ecosystem : herbivores & carnivores
     7,000,000                    Split between Gorilla and Chimpanzee ancestors
     6,500,000                    Split between Chimps and first hominids
     5,000,000       3,000,000    Mammoths, Saber-toothed cats & modern horses
     2,580,000                    Start of the Quaternary Ice Age
     2,000,000                    First members of the genus: Homo - stone tools
     1,200,000                    Last common ancestor with Homo erectus
       500,000                    Last direct common ancestor with Neanderthals
       530,000         400,000    Language, Fire, Wooden Spears
       300,000         150,000    Last Homo erectus dies
       200,000                    Homo sapiens sapiens
       170,000                    First wave of migration out of Africa
       160,000                    Genetic Eve
       120,000                    Start of most recent glacial period
        60,000                    Genetic Adam

        35,000          32,000    Earliest cave paintings
                        28,000    Last Neanderthal dies
        24,000          22,000    Venus of Willendorf religious sculpture
        15,000          12,000    Bering land bridge, arrows, pottery
        11,850                    Oldest timber datable using dendrochronology
                        11,400    End of most recent glacial period
        11,000           9,000    Agriculture, Animal domestication, metals
        11,000                    Oldest building found by archeologists
         9,500                    Oldest living tree (a spruce tree, in Sweden)
         5,500                    Oldest bulding that is still standing
         5,500           5,000    Bronze, Writing, the Wheel           

Since you ask :-)

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