Eternal hell, never ending suffering and punishment
26 Sep 07
In the words of George Carlin ... "And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time! But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money!" Now for my response. To answer your question, many of us don't. For a lot of us, that's the first question we ask ourselves on the road to non belief. I know it was with me. It was one of the many instances that simply did not make sense. How could a God that promotes peace and love, and the ability for free will, then turn around and condemn it's use by torturing his children for all eternity? I came to some serious conclusions based on that question. 1. There is no god. 2. Hell is a myth. 3. God's not deserving of worship. The answer for me had to be one of the above. I then started exploring more until I was able to narrow down the list to the point where it made sense for me. From a parental point of view, it makes even less sense. We are all supposedly God's children. I have children. I could NEVER, no matter how horrible they've been or turn out to be, wish for their suffering, be the instrument of that suffering, or condone their suffering, for any reason. Yet God does exactly this to his creations? No, it doesn't compute. It makes more sense to believe there is no God, life is random chance, we're part of nature just like everything else, and we have only ourselves to rely on .. not some invisible deity in the sky who grants us free will in order to condemn us for using it. That is NOT just.