Over the years, I’ve often posed this question to many people, “If I could somehow give you an eternal afterlife, but with the caveat that you cannot take God with you, would you still take the afterlife?
Because the question is unprecedented, it at first takes the person by surprise. After all, most Western people still connect an afterlife with the God they were raised to believe in. It would not normally occur to them to have one without the other.
So, there is often hesitation, but not for long.
While the sampling size for my afterlife question is small, it is significant that not one person said no. No one was willing to turn down an afterlife just because God didn’t come with the deal.
One of the great demarcations that divide most humans are those who believe in life after death and those who do not; those who do have an unerring desire to secure for themselves life beyond life.
Sure, they likely have strong feelings for their God. They will love, defend and even kill for him. But when push comes to shove they’d dump old boy in a heartbeat if it meant that they would have what they want more than anything else - life eternal.
It turns out that God runs the risk of being neither here nor there, where in the matter of immortality he is liable to be merely hypothetical and of no importance, relevance or consequence.
Humans are generally fickle as it is, but never more so than when it comes to their beliefs.