If you do NOT believe in the afterlife, what would motivate you to behave well? How can you be rewarded?
We can look at this 2 ways:
#1. – You do not believe in an afterlife, one in Heaven or otherwise – when you die, you die. Simple as that. But we know, because we’ve seen loved ones pass away – that your “legacy” survives you. This can be money, but more importantly is the preservation of your bloodline.
It insures that the correct history of the family’s ancestry is maintained, in genetic accuracy – this is your reward. Your blood lives on, as it takes other forms, joining that of your future generation(s) partners, and their families.
Your lineage is your afterlife, and you may not have known it was your past life as well.
#2. – There is no afterlife, no Heaven to be rewarded in, or Hell to receive punishment for your sins. Simplify these conceptual places even more and you could say “heaven” is what is good and joyful in life, and “hell” is what is bad and causes pain and suffering in life. They are not places, they are states of being, in existence.
We are rewarded with the happiness we feel during the good times. However, they cannot exist without an equally opposing relationship to their co-partner. This is peace, balance, serenity, harmony…….enlightenment.
The life existing when we no longer do, is the future. It is what they (the future generations), will know as the present. But it will not be a gift. The rewards afforded to them are being spent rapidly now, in the present.
We cannot fail to fill our end of the bargain and give some back, and stop the destruction of the planet – we cannot reap the rewards for the future, in the present. Because to do so almost guarantees that there will be no future, somewhere along the way humanity suffers to its demise and the destruction of the planet and POOF! In a flash whatever we thought we knew, as we are, gone.
General apathy rules over most all non-believers, but can you truly say that you do NOT care AT ALL about WHATEVER may happen after you cease to exist on Earth?