Posted: Sep 21, 2017 11:05 pm
by SafeAsMilk
Anyway, if I were still Christian I would have answered the OP like this:

Because you have to pass through this life to get to where you want to go in the next, this life is critical. You might say acting good because you want to go to heaven is selfish, but God knows why you act the way you do. If you do something good because you fear punishment instead of because it's the right thing to do, this is not good behavior. Through this life, you have to learn to act rightly because it's the right thing to do, and that's what God wants -- not a bunch of fools who do good things because they're afraid of punishment, like children afraid they won't get presents from Santa Claus. If you simply disappear after you die, if the sun burns out and the Earth becomes a husk, if the universe falls into heat death where nothing survives, ultimately everything you've ever done is completely pointless, whether you act good or bad.