25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he
that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.
Believest thou this? - - - John 11:25-26
Sadly, millions of Filipinos, have been taught to believe in the power of prayer. Daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly, millions of Filipinos faithfully pray to " holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, amen."
After death, however, even if one were still alive in spirit, I ask: with what eyes shall we see; with what ears shall we hear; with what nose shall we smell; with what palate shall we taste; with what skin shall we feel; with what sexual organ shall we have sex; and indeed, with what brain shall we be able to think?
In the final analysis, we do not die partially. We do not die temporarily. We die entirely and, indeed, die permanently. Nothing is more evident to him who is not delirious. The human body, after death, is but a mass of meat, incapable of producing any movement the union of which constitute life. We no longer see circulation, respiration, digestion, reflection, or the freedom of confusion. Nothing is more natural and more simple than to believe that the dead man is no more. There is nothing more absurd than to believe that the dead man is still alive.
H. L. Mencken, with much alacrity, summarized neatly for all of us to clearly see: "Immortality is the condition of a dead man who does not believe that he is already dead."
For my part, as an atheist, I said it before, I say it again: If we must die, let us die sober, and not drunk with lies. I do not regret nor do I feel sorrow at the death of a love-one,
a relative, a friend, or an associate. I am happy with the thought that the dead are already resting in peace forever and can no more be bothered with theological misconceptions, or bothered with ecclesiastical illusions, or with biblical delusions, or with apostolic confusions, or especially be bothered with catholic deceptions!
In the meantime, on this earth, I would rather be a brave thinker than be a frightened believer. An atheist is a thinker who cares! If we must leave this world one day, we should, however, leave it as a better place than how we found it.
Not necessarily in the material, but in the humanitarian
sense. - - - Poch Suzara google, facebook, atheist Republic