Cyprusg I asked that question because it has been my experience that my Christian life as been anything but a waste of time. As you pointed out, I have made a great deal of friends through my church fellowship. I have found them all to be good and gracious individuals who cherish my friendship as much as I do theirs. The money I give to my church is obviously used to maintain the existence of the church, but also contributes a great deal to the betterment our local community. In fact, I believe that the money I give through my church contributes more directly to my community than the money I give to the federal government. But I really shouldn't make such a blanket statement considering religion often gives people a positive direction in their lives, and in just doing that it's not a waste. But it is unfortunate that people need to believe in some fictional God to do good deeds. I agree that there are some who never lifted a hand for another until they found God, but it has been my experience that the majority of the people in my Christian life have contributed to their community, and to their country because it was the right thing to do, not because it was some edict from God. I don?t volunteer my time and money to the Boy Scouts of America because I feel that God requires this of me. I do so because it was a program that did wonders for my young life and that of my son. I?m sorry that I haven?t had a chance to read all of your posts, but it appear that you had a very bad experience with your time as a believer. Unfortunately, I have several friends who have had a similar experience and as a result have been turned off to the idea of exploring the spiritual aspects of their life all together. I grew up in, and was married in a church that was spiritually dead. At least that was my feeling when I finally decided to leave it. But rather than give up on that part of my life all together, I found another which focused more on the philosophy of God rather than the philosophy of man. And that works for me. And believing that there is something beyond these few years here on Earth works for me too. But I am curious about one of your statements. Why do you now cherish life a lot more since you decided to believe that there was no God waiting for you on the other side?