Originally Posted by bobcar
Leaving aside the argument about whether we exist after death or not I don't understand why you think anyone would be afraid of death who doesn't believe in life after death? I can understand people who do believe in life after death being afraid but not the other way around. We (non believers) may not want death to occur but that is not fear.
Unless of course you mean the actual dying process (pain and all that) which is understandable for anyone.
I think that there's a wide variety of reasons why people are afraid of dying. The most common one being fear of the unknown, most often felt by people who have no knowledge/view on the subject and who often dislike even talking about the it.
I myself aren't afraid of dying, but I am concerned about what I die of, what age I die and who I leave behind here when I go through the transition.
Originally Posted by Schmiznurf
Yet you're alive, so you haven't had any proof whatsoever. There will never be proof because we need to be dead to see it, otherwise it's conjecture and delirium.
I don't agree, I have had proof time and time again eg by personally interacting in various ways with "dead" people. As I said before, I am a very practical down to earth person, who doesn't believe anything without seeing it for myself and I have,
I remember once visiting a friend called Bill. We got onto the subject and he asked me not to continue as it frightened him. We moved on to talk about something else, especially as he would be alone after we had left.
A few months later he "died" and came through to me in a Spiritualist church that I had visited, identified himself, and more or less referred to the evening in question. He said it was just as i'd described and that there was nothing to be afraid of after all, so, in the end I was pleased that i'd brought up the subject after all!
Obviously you haven't had proof of the continued existence of the human soul, so I can genuinely understand why you hold such a view.
At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter though, as the process will take place anyway. I don't subscribe to the scaremongering ideas of eg "if you are a non believer you won't pass" or "suicide means you will never pass".
All I care about in the main, is that no-one, including yourself, is afraid of dying, for whatever reason