Disbelief in Immortality

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If you were to destroy in mankind the belief in immortality, not
only love but every living force maintaining the life of the world
would at once be dried up. Moreover, nothing then would be immoral,
everything would be lawful, even cannibalism.

–Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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When everything becomes lawful

F. Dostoevsky 3If you were to destroy in mankind the belief in immortality, not only love but every living force maintaining the life of the world would at once be dried up. Moreover, nothing then would be immoral, everything would be lawful, even cannibalism.

–Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Brothers Karamazov

If existence is forever

C.S.-LewisChristianity asserts that every individual human being is going to live for ever, and this must be either true or false. Now there are a good many things which would not be worth bothering about if I were going to live only seventy years, but which I had better bother about very seriously if I am going to live for ever.

–C. S. Lewis
Mere Christianity

If life ends at the grave

William Lane Craig copyMoreover, if atheism is true, there is no moral accountability for one’s actions. Even if there were objective moral values and duties under naturalism, they are irrelevant because there is no moral accountability. If life ends at the grave, it makes no difference whether one lives as a Stalin or as a saint. As the Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky rightly said: “If there is no immortality, then all things are permitted.”

–William Lane Craig