Note from Dan: This comment from Other Aaron came in on the Thursday column thread. The author is a newcomer to this blog.
“What’s the point in being an atheist?
One of 2 things happen when you die, either nothing if God doesn’t exist or you burn in hell. Those are your only choices right?
If you believe in God when you die one of 2 things also happens, either nothing if it isn’t true or you go to heaven. Why choose to be something that has no single outcome that is possibly beneficial when you die? Only thing I can see is to try to prove to those who do believe that they are wrong and you are right.
Problem with that is you won’t find out until you’re dead and there is no one to tell at that point so really it accomplishes nothing. Just like Christians get labeled as soul winners Satan is just as good at winning souls.
Those who are atheists if they take pride in “being right” or thinking they are “not deceived” who’s to say they aren’t the ones being deceived? If they are wrong and God does exist then they are.
Something to think about. . .”