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Abdul-Rahman El-Ammari

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If a man has been given a promise of immortality will he still work to the after life? what would change?

physical immortality does not exist but assume it does hypothetically, what will this change in the behavior of human according to their religions

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    Aug 3 2013: I have seen several movies on this subject (I don't remember their names). In all cases, it turned out to be a curse. Imagine being a Neanderthal who was granted immortality. That is how we will be in say 1000 years into the future. I'll lake the promise offered by Christ before I would sell my soul for immortality in this life.
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    Aug 1 2013: .

    No, he will not work!
    No happiness lures him to work.
    Immortality kills all happiness.
  • Aug 2 2013: Less of an impact than one might expect.
    Other than the whole "not practicing religious rituals" business, atheists don't act fundamentally different than religious people in the same society after all. Therefore, one can assume that belief in an after life is less shaping of human behavior than it initially appears, at least in modern times.

    Granted, immortality would have many other effects on society, but less due to the religious angle, and more due to how death is such a fundamental part of the human existence. Removing death, even just the inevitable death by old age (which means that in practice, you only live until you befall a violent end) would have profound effects, the least of which involve religions being rethought.
  • Aug 1 2013: Aren't you essentially immortal in the afterlife? If so what does that mean the afterlife is like? Are people not motivated to do anything in the afterlife? How do people deal with the tedium of eternity? Is time relevant in an immortal life?

    Pro's:
    Would we achieve greater things, for example space travel becomes possible.
    The knowledge and skills built over a lifetime won't be lost but continuously built on.
    People will have more time to try different things, e.g. spend a century being a doctor and then a century being a scientist.

    Con's:
    Imprisonment maybe become irrelevant.
    Individuals will need to control their reproduction to stop overcrowding.


    In terms of religious belief I think it would make it irrelevant, most religions work on the premise that leading a "good" life will gain your favour and being "bad" will lead to misery. However if you never meet this judge then they become meaningless. I suspect that humanity would introduce more individual responsibility and social responsibility because people won't put faith in a post death punishment.
  • Jul 31 2013: If he is immortal, there is no afterlife, just life.
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    Jul 31 2013: If I understand your question, you are asking whether it is only the prospect of an afterlife that motivates people to work or behave constructively.

    As many people who do not believe in an after life also work and behave constructively, my assumption would be that people do not need the motivation of an afterlife- that the course of life provides ample motivation.