A Bird in the Hand …

Which is more valuable: the hundred dollar bill I have in my wallet right now or a thousand dollars I might receive at some point in the future? That future sum is only a possibility, but not necessarily an actuality. In any assessment of relative values, I believe the actual must always be considered more valuable than the merely possible. Many religious people believe in God and in the promise of life after death. It is not my purpose to question either beliefs, but merely to express doubt that anyone actually knows the truth of either. On the issue of the value of an afterlife, according to John 3:16, simply believing in Christ guarantees eternal life. The problem here is that no one can believe something simply because they want to. Meanwhile, traditions that believe in reincarnation look forward to samsara, i.e. the liberation from that cycle of eternal return.

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