I think it is kind of arrogant of religious people to behave as though they are the only ones allowed to be compassionate , charitable, loving and kind. Somehow they think only those who have embraced some sort of faith are capable of those qualities. Makes me wonder what they behaved like before they got religion?
I am not religious, everyone who has read my blog for any length of time knows that. But I am basically the same person I was when I went to church. I give homeless people money, buy them a meal if they need it, help out a neighbor if they want me to. My kindness didn't go away when my faith did.
I don't make a show of my "good works" because I have no one to impress or make brownie points with. In some respects that makes my kindness even that much more meaningful since I expect absolutely nothing in return but do it anyway. No heavenly reward awaits me. Of that I am pretty sure. That's OK. because this life has been enough for me. I got to enjoy every blessing a religious man enjoys and I don't expect more!
I don't know if it is greed or fear that makes man desire an afterlife. Most people I know waste the life they currently have so it makes me wonder why they want more. Opportunities come along everyday to reach out and be nice to someone. Sometimes just a smile can change a person's whole day. Back to my previous post about attitude. A lot of times the difference between an awful day and a great day is how you choose to live it.