The 51 percent I am referring to is not the same as “majority rules”.Â This one refers to the afterlife.
According to an article I read in ChristianPost.com today, 51 percent of the people in the world believe in life after death.Â To me, this is an amazing statistic, not because it is so large, but because it is so small.
The selling point of, so far as I know, all religions that exist today and have ever existed is this, “Follow me and you will have ever-lasting life.Â ”Â Â Of course, the gods that are supposed to deliverÂ on this promise are as different as night and day.Â Â But, the promise of a happy afterlife isÂ inÂ them all.
We all need a feeling of self worth.Â That is why, in my opinion, the afterlife promise sells.Â ItÂ feeds the listener’s premessage belief that his/her life is so important it must not and cannot end.
The message I would take from this 51 percent is that there must be some strong streak of rational thinking that circles the globe.Â Â That billions areÂ spent byÂ many faiths to convert the “unwashed” andÂ still half the world’s populationÂ appears to beÂ unreachable is remarkable.
Apparently,Â whether the afterlife is sold in a church, a mosque, a synagogue or at the barrel of a gun, half the customers will not buy.