So the only reason everyone here isn't robbing and murdering like a crazed Viking is because there is a consequence for doing so? I find that kind of hard to believe pesonally, but to each his own, as they say.For example, It is stated that to Kill, rape, steal would mean a bad thing in the "after life". The consequences of doing so would mean an eternal suffering in the place we all refer to as "Hell" and for worshipping our religion with all our hearts we will be sent to "Heaven".
My point here is, if one would want to do any of those immoral acts, they will think twice, for those who don't have one or don't even have a belief, well thats a different story... By having a belief over life after death people would try to avoid doing "evil" and focus to have a better after life. Criminal acts would be very low if everyone is religious
I have something of an opposite opinion on that actually. I think that if nobody believed in an afterlife, they'd be less likely to mess up the one life they do have by murdering people. I mean, if you've only got 1 life to live and nothing after, would you want to use 25 years of it in jail?