Scientists draw conclusions from evidence and facts, a posteriori, while religious teachers rely on faith and imagination, a priori. Both believe they know the truth about life, but it is more likely than not that neither of them know the truth. The truth is only known by the Creator, and He is not talking. Thus, life is absurd because we cannot make sense of it.
Why do we live? Why do we have free will? Why do we have a conscience? Why do we make choices if there are no consequences? What happens after we die?
After admitting that life is absurd and still puzzling over it, we must logically conclude that life is quite absurd without something after life. In other words if life were our only appearance in this play, then the play would have no denouement or ending. This is because if life is to have any meaning at all, then all the choices made during our lives must be analyzed for a full accounting at the end. Life, which is a test, is nonsensical without death and a grading of our work. Of course, consequences complete the course. This completes a design for life in our universe.
And life is absurd for all of us, whether atheists or Christians or agnostics. We all are tested daily and we all fall short of making good grades. Christians believe that they are making A’s and B’s, while atheists and agnostics are failing. The truth is that all of us are failing. However, the significant advantage for the Christians is that they may lead a better life by following the teachings of Christ. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees for anybody. The consequences for our poor choices during life may be dreadful, disastrous for all of us.
I have seen Christians acting as bad or worse than atheists. There will be no religious shield to protect those who have made bad choices during life. We must accept our failings and step up to take our punishment, whatever that might be. By accepting Jesus as our savior, we are in a better position to make good decisions. But if you read the Bible closely, you will find that there will be consequences for our sins.
I have seen Christians repent of their sins on Sunday and then return to the den of iniquity for the next six days. Then they return to church on the Sabbath to repent again. This type of activity shows no true remorse. It is merely a hope that God will overlook all the misdeeds and erase them because of one hour on Sunday. This doesn’t even make sense. It is another absurd myth of Christianity.
So, if there are going to be severe consequences for all of us, what can we do? Even as a Christian existentialist, I honestly don’t know. I suppose we can start by doing our best every day that we have left to do the right thing. Each of us should try to be a better person. I don’t believe that our judgment day will have a scale with good deeds on one side and bad choices on the other. I think it will be much more sophisticated and complex than that.
My imagination tells me that we will probably enter a darkness that eliminates our senses. Our own minds will probably punish us for all the bad decisions we made during life. The denial of entry into God’s third heaven (2 Corinthians 12:2) may be the worst penalty of all. My guess is that those of us who have made a half-way decent attempt to make good decision will enter the first heaven. But the subsequent heavens will be exponentially more difficult to reach.
And even though my musings may seem quite absurd, believe me it is much more absurd that we could live in a world of choices without any consequences.