This post from Pat got me thinking:
I have a sincere question for the believers out there. Please take a few mins to think about it rather than shooting from the hip, because I'm genuinely interested in what you would do.
What if you learned that there was no god, and no afterlife? I realize we can't know this, but let's say you did.
How would this knowledge affect the way you live your life?
Would you start murdering people, robbing people, lying to people, etc.? What if you knew you could get away with it? Would anything stop you from doing it?
Would you still love people? Would you try to help others, even if there was no reward for doing so?
Would you spend more time with your loved ones, or less? Would you tell them you love them more, or less? Would you care about their happiness more, or less?
I'm genuinely curious, because I asked myself all of these questions after stepping back from my religious beliefs. I asked myself how the possibility of this life being all there is would affect my values, and the way I live my life.
Obviously the realization would be shocking, confusing, and dismaying. But what about after that? What would you do with the rest of your life?