I grew up in a non-religious home. When I moved to the south in teens...I became a converted Baptist Christian. After many years of questions and answers that came from logic and reasoning...I do not believe.
I pick the label Atheist even though it shouldn't be listed as a religious denomination because it simply means an absence of religion.
I respect those who find peace in their religion. I respect the charity work that goes on. I will even participate in charity events...not because it is God's calling, but because it is the right thing to do.
I have learned that religion became a form of control throughout the ages. A way to make sure the people followed a set order and chaos didn't ensue.
However, we have grown so much as a species and learned hard science and evidence that directly contradicts religion.
One question I had was this:
If you have to be "saved" in order to go to heaven then what would happen if a non-believer who led his life admirably and gave back to his community (charity and what not) died. Also, what if a mass murderer became a convert in prison died. He killed say 10 or more people, but converted. That murderer goes to the eternal Utopia while the other guy who was a great person burns in eternal flame?
I'm sorry, but that lost me for good.
People told me I had to just have faith. Well, I had faith in Santa Claus when I was young....then I became older and realized it is impossible for a fat man to travel the world in one night giving gifts. I also understood that the entire world never flooded, and it is impossible that world was created in 7 days.
I don't think of an afterlife....I'm too busy living this regular life to worry about such things.