Would people still have a religion or any rules if they would be immortal?How do you think a world like this would look?
Could you define the scope of immortality?
Forever maintaining this physical material existence, meaning you still age and feel pain?
Eternal youth, in which you stop aging past a certain point, but still feel pain?
Maybe immortal in the sense that you fully realize that your existence has always encompassed more than this physical domain, that this physical existence is temporary and limited, and that you are able to accurately recall and maintain the continuum memories of a non-physical existence before and after physical birth and death?
Regardless of the scope, any type of immortality would have a major impact on our current belief systems and the way we conduct ourselves. Things would be drastically different. For instance, if your talking about immortality as in people living forever, meaning people never die, there would probably be some rule or restriction on reproducing. That or, depending on our capabilities, we would start populating other planets.
This is an interesting question. I have pondered this before as well. I’ve even asked friends and family members this question. Great to see this being brought up on here.
The answer I’ve come up with is this: People would still wonder where they came from, so you’d still have people coming up with answers for their origins. Would it result in the same type of religion we see today? Hard to say. But again, people would still undoubtedly wonder where they came from and why they’re here.
The real question is…if something is immortal – in other words doesn’t have an end – can it really have ever had a beginning? I don’t believe it can.
Although I’m not religious – I certainly believe so.
I don’t think every follower of religion does it merely for afterlife purposes.
There are many people that use religion to guide the way they life their life; they often us it as a reference of morals and values.
Since morals and values are important regardless if/when you die, I think people would still value religion and use them.
I believe the world would be a Much better place without religion.
I’m a pronounced Atheist; I have rules about what is morally/ethically right/wrong; it’s not like my lack of religion allows me the excuses I need to do anything less than humane. In my mind, a world without religion would be better set up for equality. How many wars began because of religious differences.? Lack of religion would allow us to focus on what really matters in life- which would be life itself, rather than having us dread what will happen to us in the afterlife (whether we go to ‘Heaven/Hell’ or whatever any other religion may have you). It is truly one of my deepest (most farfetched) desires that the world would be without religion.
Religion is for weak people anyhow.
If that were true the United States would not have become, the most (probably) powerful nation in the world. There are many derogatory terms you can use to define the people who choose to adhere to a form of religion. “Weak” is not one of them.
That is an objective opinion from a non-religious person.
The mere word “religion” is so incredible, so vast, and so vague that no person, not in thousands of years, has even been able to come up with a satisfying definition of it. It is by nature a subjective and personal experience. In order for me, or anyone, to answer this question, we would need to know what you mean by religion.
I think the concept or immortality is silly. Just something to think about: How could there be a start to life with no end? Where would new people come from? Would we eventually overpopulate the earth if people kept being born without dying? (yes). Would we eat up all the food, destroy everything beautiful and be left to dwell in the wasteland we made? At this point more than ever, would people begin to question existence and wonder where we came from, what purpose we serve and what it all means?
Good topic :)
Well by religion i actually mean spirituality, i am not sure if it would be of use anymore, i think that imagining a world with immortal people , is like imagining the world of the acient greek gods for example. How they lived and so on, but its hard to picture it because it was also made by humans , so basically still human thinking, i find it really hard to imagine a world where immortal people live or beeings. And thinking about this question, i am asking myself another question , why do we always need a purpose ? how come we cannot live just like that and we always search for purpose?
If you mean immortal in the purely physical sense as in, never grow old, never get sick, kind of immortality then yes I think there would still be religion to some extent. People would prey to god to protect them from getting run over by a bus, or a head on collision with a semi.. They might even become more religious knowing that they have an endless amount of time to accomplish all sorts of things. At the same time knowing that they could lose their 10,000 + future if they’re called to soldier up for some war over diminishing resources, or if they inadvertently piss off somebody and end up dead for it. Religion at it’s core provides people with the belief in an afterlife and, for some, the possibility of reincarnation. Immortality in any case is conditional. The laws of physics will still apply if your parachute fails to open.
Immortality might result in an increasing fear of dying which could result in the creation of even more religion.