I'd consider myself a realist, alright? But in philosophical terms I'm what's called a pessimist... I think human consciousness is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware. Nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself - we are creatures that should not exist by natural law... We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self, that accretion of sensory experience and feelings, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody's nobody... I think the honorable thing for our species to do is to deny our programming. Stop reproducing, walk hand in hand into extinction - one last midnight, brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal.
WTF? You're crazy, man.
If the only thing keeping a person decent is the expectation of divine reward then, brother, that person is a piece of shit. And I'd like to get as many of them out in the open as possible. You gotta get together and tell yourself stories that violate every law of the universe just to get through the goddamn day? What's that say about your reality?
This is a huge misconception about Christians...
No, Christians don't like doing good stuff to get to heaven...we like doing good stuff because doing good stuff feels good, it feels very nice to help someone else, it's simply human nature.
And also something that atheists usually don't know is that a person cant find salvation via deeds alone, in other words you may have the greatest charity in the world but if you're not Christian then you haven't found salvation, we are saved because of faith and grace, not deeds.
What a wonderful pile of contradictions and fear