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Do you think that Christianity would have less followers if there were no mention of eternal life in the bible?

  • There would be way less Christians without this key point.

    This is the only logical incentive that could explain why anyone would believe in the bible. Without eternal life and eternal suffering as an incentive, Many people would have no need to believe in God. There would be no reason to follow the bible as regardless they would end up dead and no longer nonexistent.

  • I was gonna say yes but this is very debatable, ironically.

    Why? Well let's compare Islam with Christianity for a second, in islam nowhere in the quran does allah promise salvation i.E eternal life, even Muhammad himself, the very founder and prophet of the religion of Islam, was uncertain where he would spend his eternity. And if such eternity even existed. Meaning that not a single Muslim knows where he or she will go after they die. Sure you would say don't change the topic and don't involve islam in this, but actually I mentioned this to point out that a religion still can have many followers and worshipers even though it doesn't promise eternal life just ask one of those 1,6 million muslims.

    Posted by: RaDi
  • Yeah prbably would be less

    Many people follow Christianity to be comforted when confronted with the idea of death. Personally I would still follow it but its a very fundemental change to the relgion so like the person who disgreed, this is sort of an unfair and pointless question because i coud say would you follow the law if it said you had to torture puppies on a daily basis. Its such a big change ita pointless to ask.

  • Obviously. Obviously. Obviously

    It's a no brainer that Christians would have less followers if there was no mention of an afterlife, it would basically just be Judaism 2.0. One of the largest selling points for Christianity would be its Afterlife policy, you believe in our God, you follow our doctrine, you get to spend eternity in paradise. The reason this idea was so appealing is because before this most religions of the time had very complex and usually egalitarian afterlives, such a she'ol for the Jews, and Hades for the Greeks. These afterlives gave no special royalties to believers, because they were based off the assumption that all people would just end here whether they believe or not. Christianity employed a Skinner idea in rewarding obedience with Heaven, and damn dissidence with Hell. Without this they'd just be another small Jewishish middle eastern group.

  • If it werent for the fear of hell and the promise of heaven they certainly would have less followers.

    Most people believe because they have been asked the question what if your wrong when they didnt believe. I think a lot of christians arent really convinced that the christian god is real they just believe in case. Thats the main reason i believed when i believed. Back before i realized that the christian god was a horrible god that is so morally incompetent he has to come from human imagination.

  • The Religion is Supported by Fear of Hell

    The religion (most religions) were created to explain the afterlife. Apparently, the idea of heaven came up and people were blindsided by the idea that they would get into heaven if they followed Christianity. Without that fear of hell there would be no reason to be a christian. There would be no reward for them, so yes they would have less followers. Much less.

    Posted by: D.14
  • It is entirely possible.

    The most likely answer would be yes. This is probably because many people are afraid to stop existing (the idea that there is nothing after death, thus a possible reason as to why so many people believe in a religion with some sort of afterlife) and Christianity is one of the religions that preaches the fact that there is a life after death (that death is not the be all, end all). Many people would also like the idea of living forever. Although in saying that, there are many other religions that offer enteral life/afterlife/life after death. But in answer to the question, yes.

  • It would not be Christianity.

    This is like asking, “Would people eat less sandwiches if they didn’t have bread?” We are talking about a fundamental change to a complex set of beliefs. You can’t throw out a part of Christianity and expect the rest of it to make sense. Eternal life is part of the core set of beliefs in Christianity, best summed up in the Apostle’s Creed. If there is no eternal life then whatever we are talking about is not Christianity.

  • I was gonna say yes but this is very debatable, ironically.

    Why? Well let's compare Islam with Christianity for a second, in islam nowhere in the quran does allah promise salvation i.E eternal life, even Muhammad himself, the very founder and prophet of the religion of Islam, was uncertain where he would spend his eternity. And if such eternity even existed. Meaning that not a single Muslim knows where he or she will go after they die. Sure you would say don't change the topic and don't involve islam in this, but actually I mentioned this to point out that a religion still can have many followers and worshipers even though it doesn't promise eternal life just ask one of those 1,6 million muslims.

    Posted by: RaDi

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