You pose a complicated question. My simplest answer is, I wish I were God. Boy, would things change around here.
Otherwise, I wish there were a God if that God were a compassionate being who tended to his creation with care and attention. How nice to be in a universe of benevolence and fulfillment. However, if that God were the version which current religions explain (God permits evil because without it, there would not be free will, nor good, bla bla bla, and that’s why the baby has to suffer terribly and then die, bla bla bla), I have no use for him.
Hmmm…you theists come up with some interesting questions. I guess it would depend on the god. What would He do for me? If He could confer some sort of benefit I don’t currently enjoy, then I wish He would exist. If not, then I don’t wish He would exist.
This question, obviously, is completely irrelevent to whether He exists or not. Wishing isn’t going to make it so, one way or the other.
First you say ‘no debate’ then make these claims. That’s like hitting someone and yelling ‘No tagbacks!’ :rolleyes:
That said, no, I don’t wish there was a God. If I did, I could very easily stop being an atheist and join a religion, where there are people who will assure me that ‘Yes, there is a God.’ Poof. Wish granted.
I need not believe in any supreme being in order to believe in an afterlife.
Death is automatically eternal. I contemplated this when I was 12 years old, when my great-grandmother died. Death is eternal. I am mortal. I will die, and the world will go on without me. Unless I do something extraordinary in my life, I will be forgotten. Long story short, I dealt with it.
For some Christians, a belief in God and the afterlife allows them to deal with death as well. Aren’t we in the same boat? We’ve both come to terms with our physical mortality.
Replace ‘evil’ with ‘wrongdoing’, and then we can talk.
Wrongdoing does go punished. Judgement does happen. (And Hell does exist–just ask Matt Groening.) I just don’t think judgement and punishment can only happen the way Christian doctrine says they happen.
Hitler didn’t get away with it. The fact that we know his name and his actions nearly a generation later is proof.
No, because He might not settle things the way I want Him to.
So, short answer to your query: no.
Did you really think we’d all give simple, one-word answers?