Interesting point of view. I don’t know how true this is, because the hope of an afterlife was never a factor for my belief in a god or not. I’m interested to hear other people’s opinions on this.
I think we need to resign ourselves to the fact that there is no one reason why people believe in their respective gods. This is a valid reason, but it won’t account for everyone and I don’t think any one reason will. There are a multitude of answers to this question and many of them are equally correct.
I gotta agree with you. Fear of death is a factor, but, as other responders have pointed out, cultural conditioning is probably the biggest reason why people believe. Fear of death…wanting answers to difficult, or in some cases impossible, questions…there are many factors that give rise to belief in a god.
Well, tbh, my reasons for believing in God (amongst other deities), I don’t think has to do exactly with the “promise of an afterlife”. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I personally do believe Heaven and Hell exist, but I also think there’s alot of other places that exist too. I guess my beliefs are much like my sexual-romantic view as well, you see, I’m Pansexual/romantic (And Demisexual) and I tend to be open to many things, but much to be true to my Demisexual’ness, I do very much love the Father-God, not only mentioned in the Bible and other more popular powerful religions, but also in the Pagan/celtic old Irish before the Catholics took over religion as well. And that God (the one I believe in) had a daughter, not a son. I could go deeper into what I believe in particular but the point of this is -why- I believe in God myself…. so, after all this blathering, I suppose it’s just.. well, I suppose for spiritual reasons. Possibly I’m a little insane, which I am tbh, rather sure of. Heh. It’s just part of who I am I guess. But I don’t think it’s so much to do with the promise of an after-life. (Though I do believe in re-incarnation, amongst other things)
Also both Atheists and Theists I think value their lives and see theirs as important, well, I’d hope so anyway. I know a atheist woman who values her life very much, since to her, she might as well if everything ends at death-in her belief. But also another atheist (who I love) who though she doesn’t believe in God per-say, she does believe in some form of existence beyond merely the earth flesh and blood you see and feel around you. (Loves her so much) So in that I’m not entirely sure you need to believe in God in order to believe in an afterlife.