Heaven, Hell, and Alfredo

October 3, 2016 12:18pm CST
I just read a post by @amadeo upon which I commented, but it spurred another thought. So here I am writing a post about it. He asked if we believe in Hell. I said, I do not know and I'm confused about all of it. My faith is shaky. I want to believe in Heaven. So does that mean I want to believe in Hell? But what it made me think of is this: I think if there is a God, a truly LOVING God like Christianity believes, then people are given chances. I was thinking of my teenage son the other day & how at his age, he's learning self-control. So.... even if he does "sin," I don't think a teenage kid would be sentenced to HELL. Period. Same with an adult.... If an adult is a good person who is trying to do good things, I don't think that person would go to HELL. Again, I don't know what I believe anymore. I struggle with this a lot. I'm a very rational person who likes proof. So I love the stories that seem to prove an afterlife. But I, personally, haven't experienced any of it. Since my 13 year old son died, you betcha that I want to believe in Heaven. i want to see him again more than anything. But I think none of us know anything for sure. That's why when I see ANYONE being judge-y against someone who has different beliefs (be they religious or political or favorite flavor of ice cream), I'm not a happy camper. Example: I'm a convert to Catholicism. So I grew up Protestant. I had NO idea so many people were anti-catholic until becoming one. And when I see fellow Christians badmouth Catholics, I think, "REALLY?" Because... as a convert, I know that the beliefs are ultimately the same. One day I was on a friend's Facebook page. And saw a post by her husband who is a very strong Christian. He was totally badmouthing the pope saying, "Oh I can't wait until he's being judged and can't get into Heaven." ((or something like that)).... And I thought a couple thoughts: ONE, again, as a convert, this guy knows nothing about Catholicism and TWO, he calls himself a Christian, but he's giddy at the thought of a fellow believer NOT getting into heaven? That doesn't sound very Christian to me..... (as someone who doesn't like conflict or controversy, I didn't state that fact to him, but boy, did i want to!!!) Anyway, my point is that I don't know what I believe, but I'm not going to judge anyone for their beliefs. I may not agree, but that's ok. In a world made up of over a billion people, we are going to have some differences. I guess the important thing is how we handle those differences, right? I'm tired and this may be a bit of a ramble... Sorry!
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@Morleyhunt (19857)
• Canada
3 Oct 16
My father, who lives with us is a member of a 'cult' that claims to be 'Christian'. ( I'm already being judgemental in what I just said!) I've adopted a live and let live attitude. It's easier to get along with my Muslim neighbours, than with my 'Christian ' family....there's something wrong here!
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18 Oct 16
i get really disturbed when people are like that... i don't like judge-y... i think there's good and bad on all sides of the fence. i think that the ones who are the most difficult are USUALLY the most vocal....
@cindiowens (3840)
• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
3 Oct 16
I was surprised at how many gave the same answer as you, and me. I think we have not learned how to have faith like the previous generations. Not sure why, but we are definitely lost. I hope we find our way somehow.
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@MALUSE (41311)
• Germany
3 Oct 16
That's a wise attitude.
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@Drosophila (16705)
• Ireland
3 Oct 16
I sincerely hope you will find the answers you seek. Personally, I have felt the spirit of those who passed, and I am as sane, or as rational, or as logical a person can be.
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3 Oct 16
I want to feel the spirit of my son!!!! I feel nothing... it makes me sad. :-(
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@Drosophila (16705)
• Ireland
4 Oct 16
@jillybean1222 I think that usually means they have passed onto a better plane of existence. Both my grandparents have passed away, I was very close to both of them. I've never felt my grandma, who I was closer to like she was just "gone". But, I have felt my grandpa on a few occasions. When I talked about it with the elders of my family (one lineage of my family has always led a very "spiritual life" and can sense things our science cannot yet explain). That's been their explanation. I believe in science, as in everything has a scientific reason, we just don't have the right knowledge to explain it yet. It's not very scientific to write off things we cannot explain as don't exist, or science would have never made the progress it did today! e.g. Electricity is a perfect example of that! and look at us today! So I say, faith does not require unconditional unquestionable beliefs, ask the questions, seek the answers, if God spoke to you once, God will speak to you again and answer those questions.
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18 Oct 16
@Drosophila I do think that concept sometimes makes sense. Nolan was very spiritual and strong in his faith.
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• Eugene, Oregon
3 Oct 16
I am agnostic (at least) about the whole thing, but hell is a concept I do not believe in at all.
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