Ok here goes what life means to me in the context of my beliefs, first I suppose I am a Christian maybe not in the typical sense of the word. I don't attend a church or bible thump or try to push my belief on others. The way that it effects my life would be that I try as hard as possible to simply be a good person which I also believe the majority of atheists do as well maybe for differant reasons, maybe basically for the same.
My first priorities and what means the most to me is my family and their welfare. As probably with most atheists.
I don't believe we're as far apart in our thinking as most posts on here infer. I've been reading all thru this site and am actually enjoying the differant opinions. Some very intelligent people on this forum. I haven't felt the need to post much or at all for that matter till now guess I was summing up the room.
The true meaning of life to me its pretty basic try to be happy and make others happy try to live as full a life as possible. And every day find something good in it everywhere you look, as with people as well. Kind of mushy I know but the meaning of life is, and as far as I know we only have one simple really............... "don't f it up."
This is, maybe, a question for another thread, but since you are here
I'll preface this by saying that I've been lucky enough, in the course of many moves to many different places, not to have landed in a particularly fundie hotspot (with one notable exception). In my experience, most Christians do, in fact, have the same attitude you seem to have here; a sort of "Chritisanity lite", wherein the fundamental principles and philosohies work for them, so they choose to live a life emulating Jesus in whatever way they understand him, but at the same time having a vague belief that good people will get to heaven regardless of their actual beliefs. In my experience, many people who identify themselves as Christian will, if pressed, say something along these lines.
Correct me if I am wrong, of course, you may believe nothing of the sort...
But, for those who identify themselves as Christian while believing something akin to what I have outlined, what is the real difference, as far as the ultimate meaning of your life, between a belief in Jesus, the belief in some god, or the belief in no god?
Is it just the belief that there is some sort of afterlife? And, if it is, how does the existence or nonexistence of an afterlife affect how meaningful this life is? Wouldn't it stand to reason that if it's the only one we get, we should make the most of it?
For the record, I'm atheist-leaning agnostic who doesn't see that as necessarily negating an afterlife of some description, but doesn't count on the fact that there is one either.