Supposing you had a binary choice between saving the life of a Christian or an Atheist? Who would you save? ?
The Christian will live on forever even if they die so does that it more morale to save the life of the Atheist? The thing is, if the Atheist is at best going to oblivion when they die, does a few extra years/decades make much difference? And also, the Christian will be a positive influence on the Earth because they will abide by the 10 commandments so would it be better to save the Christian?
- Hannah J PaulLv 71 month agoFavourite answer
This is a curiously wonderful question; makes one stop and think. Since Christians are not left without guidance, they can turn to God's word the Bible to get God's thoughts on the matter - no matter what that matter may be.
Galatians 6:10 came quickly to mind. There, in the Christian Standard Bible translation, we read: "Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith." The apostle Paul had only just spoken to the Galatians about reaping what you sow, God not one to be mocked, and so on.Certainly saving the life of a fellow human being (if it is in our power to do so), is working for the "good" of that human, yes? Of course, we can also think of the second greatest commandment: you must love your neighbor as yourself. Now if in your scenario, this is truly, unmistakably a binary choice, and if I am undeniably aware that one is a true Christian and one is an atheist, would not Galatians 6:10 apply? Should I not 'work good' especially toward those who belong to the household of faith? There is no guarantee that the Christian (sheep) will remain such and there is no guarantee that the atheist (perceived goat) will remain such. Ultimately, at the setting of the sun, when the demarcation is drawn with finality, no sheep will be lost and no goat will be saved, no matter what we personally do. Matthew 25:32-46.
Hannah J Paul
- Phil MLv 74 weeks ago
If you need to decide who to save based on that, you are a sorry excuse for a human being. I pity you.
- WOOWHOLv 71 month ago
how is one using the word SAVED and the word LIFE
to have the SAME understanding of the terms
LIFE is the characteristics that DISTINGUISHES the PHYSICAL entities that have biological processes , such as signaling and self sustaining processes , from those that do not, either because such FUNCTIONS have ceased ( died ) or because they never had such functions and are classified as INANIMATE
SAVED ..1- ...to set aside , stored or preserved for later
2- RESCUE from DANGER or possible harm injury or loss to KEEP SAFE INTACT or UNHURT to safe guard
3- to STOP a person from being KILLED
KILLED 1- the ACT of causing DEATH , especially deliberately ( noun ) KILLED 1- causing DEATH ( adjective )
BOB drinking BLEACH can CAUSE his DEATH
JANE hitting BOB with her car can cause Bob's DEATH
DEATH the PERMANENT cessation of all biological function that SUSTAINS a LIVING organism , the REMAINS of a living organism begins to DECOMPOSE shortly after death , it is an INEVITABLE process eventually occurring in all living organisms
the question may be asking WHO the INDIVIDUAL VALUES related to certain PROPOSITIONS , PROPOSALS in the THEIST a supernatural god proposition and the atheist NOT accepting a god proposition .
.... does holding a supernatural proposition DEMONSTRATE the proposition "IS THE CASE " JUSTIFIED or VALIDATED .... no so if two people are DROWNING I am NOT going to CALL out HEY which of you are a THEIST and which are an atheist NO i am going to quickly evaluate which person i can reach ....fastest
.. both person most likely have OTHER PEOPLE who VALUE them and love them and the contribute to that family
think about this the EARLY CHURCH STOPPED promoting MARTYRDOM the word is from GREEK MARTY means WITNESS in Greek
a BLOOD SACRIFICE a person who had to DIE for CHRIST
if your followers die for the promoted idea after a while you have NO followers
- AaronLv 41 month ago
many people will be caught up in a dilemma ,
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- PhilLv 61 month ago
The atheist. He or she believes they only have one life and appreciate life for what little time they are allotted to their life.
Christians believe they get to be resurrected and get to keep on living forever. So they are lucky in the fact that if they die, they get to live forever.
So save the one that will appreciate it more. And not be mad at you for saving them from eternal life.
- PaulLv 71 month ago
Every human life is of equal value. I would save the person I would have the best chance of saving. No-one goes to "oblivion". Human beings are created eternal. Our bodies will die, but we will not. So we better give some serious attention to where we will be going next.
- River EuphratesLv 71 month ago
Theism/atheism would not factor into my decision, so all other things being equal, there is no 'right' choice.
- ?Lv 71 month ago
Since God does not reveal the identity of the elect, I have no idea whose is a Christian. I would save the one I could reach first and then do my best to save the other one. I would hope that I would not think about what they believe in an emergency situation and simply try to save them both to the best of my ability.
- PyriformLv 71 month ago
If you believe in Christianity, it would surely be better to save the life of the atheist. If the Christian is going to live forever in heaven, you are doing him a favour by letting him go there a bit sooner, whereas you are giving the atheist extra time in a finite lifetime, time in which he could possibly convert to Christianity.
However, as I do not believe in Christianity, nothing like that would be a factor for me. I would probably save the one who I thought I had the best chance of saving, or who would live a longer life. If everything else was equal, I suppose I might save the atheist, because they would not base their morality on ancient superstition, but I doubt I would really have time to consider such factors.
- CogitoLv 71 month ago
I'd make my decision based on virtually everything BUT their religion/lack of religion. What matters is kindness, honesty, personality, their obligations to family and friends, etc.