does christianity deny the fullness of life before death? is it really more about life after death, or the future, than it is about here and now, and the things we do and choose?
i really do not know. if one reads the media perspective, the published reflections of those that have lost their illusions about religion and ultimately, god, then, yes – christianity is not about here and now, not about what human duties are to the earth and their fellow, not about making the world better or sustaining the social justice. it is about something else.
from those stories, christianity is about some unknown, impersonal god who makes rules without any concern for humanity (and people get punished if they do not obey), religion which consists mainly of hypocrisy of those mysterious nameless in power who for whatever selfish reasons hide the truth from the equally mysterios nameless ‘masses’. the said ‘masses’ then are used to whatever ends the people in power or the god entity want to reach. christianity is viewed – or shown – as a set of senseless regulations, obsolete customs and soul-less, mind-less, incomprehensible moves that a human has to perform, in order to be ‘saved’ or have an afterlife, regardless of whether they want it or not.
in those stories, the notion of religion (in this case, christianity, because these are western narratives) is directly opposed to the notion of knowledge, self-knowledge included, and more than once synonymous with darkness and ignorance. religion comes to embody indifference, selfishness, craving for power and eradication of those that believe differently. the moment of self-understanding and quest for knowledge is portrayed as a liberating, un-shackling experience that excludes religion in all its forms and images.
and you know what? i totally agree. i agree that a religion like that – senseless, meaning-less, life-less – should be outlawed. it should not exist. it is as well they tell those stories, so the rest of the world can know how dangerous it is to have a soul-less, ritualistic, empty religion which denies reason and punishes people for thinking independently.
i sometimes think that those stories are there in our multiverse to warn and admonish those that choose a path, whatever it might be. they painfully reveal the one thing any path can do to lose its truth and fullness – idolatry. when the picture (eidolon) becomes empty of the personal, living relationship with the prototype, when it ceases to remind of the real thing, posing as the reality itself, demanding to be worshipped, obeyed and followed, it becomes just another idol, voice-less and breath-less — life-less and vitality consuming.
no religion is free of idolatry, for that matter, no human is either, ever. that one thing: there will be one god, one living relationship with an entity recognizable in creation, but not of the creation – the first article of the agreement between that entity and humans — that one thing is the first of commandments for a reason. by avoiding idolatry, as much as it is possible, humans can avoid the grand anti-climax of their existence, and namely, discovery if the senselessness of all religions, all systems that have begun to worship themselves. by avoiding idolatry, the human is ever disillusioned, and seldom subject to delusions.
the god entity created humans (or the dust or whatever primaeval soup that randomly became humans, if you like). the humans created religions and got really carried away, and forgot the god entity. and then, the god entity allowed them to come to their bitter, sticky end, to see the senselessness of it all. the god entity has all the time in the world, and slightly more. they can wait as much as they want, and they do. the god entity waits for the humans to sort out this mess they have created, and have a look deeper, further, more seriously into themselves.
if there is only this life, and you lose all you had/did/experienced when you die, why bother making it better, gaining experience, acquiring all those meaningless things? if the human is the measure of all things, and the human is so mutable, what happens to the measure and the judgement?
or i might ask this slightly differently: have you walked with Christ in the fullness of his life in you, and yours – in his? have you looked at God directly, without looking at the religion that is not invented by God? have you checked where the delusion of idolatry ends, and the life begins? or did you take the broader road of mass worship of deconstruction?
when you meet Christ, wherever you are, life is. life before death, and in death, and through death. and it does not matter, it really does not, whether you believe in life after death or not, whether you want to be ‘saved’ or not – where Christ is, all delusions have to go, leaving the human soul naked to the flame and experience of his love and forgiveness, and through those, forgiving and loving, and changing the world around us.