One of the things that always got me about hell was the eternal aspect of it. many if not most Christians are completely comfortable with the idea that hell is eternal. They realize that many people who go there may have been overall good people who just didn’t say the right prayer.
They also realize that terrible people who killed and raped throughout their life, may escape hell by saying a prayer and by repenting last minute before death. So God has some sort of merciful side to him I guess but it seems a bit arbitrary.
The craziest thing about hell is that it is some sort of torment and torture for ever and ever. This is unbelievable. How could a divine being who created everything in the world be so offended by a tiny piece of dust “sinning” against him for 70 years, that he would find it necessary to curse them to eternal torment?
In no justice system in the world would we contrive of such an unfair punishment. Even Hitler, who killed 6 million Jews (or was responsible for such) as well as millions of others, would not be condemned to such a fate. Lets supposes we gave him life in prison for each person he killed. That’s still a few hundred million to a billion years. Eternity? Impossible. Insane. That is not justice by anyone’s imagination.
And I know all the arguments for why it is supposedly just. I’m not getting into them here. They are not logical and I reject them systematically.
I think most Christians just don’t really think about what they are saying when they accept hell. I don’t think most are evil spiteful people who want to see others tormented. I don’t think I was.
I just never really thought about what I was saying when I thought that an abortion doctor deserved eternal torment for his job. Or a Muslim who lived a good kind life, deserved torture for not believing in Jesus as God and savior despite not even knowing he was supposed to. Once again we were taught to just believe. Believe the Bible. Ask God to help your unbelief. Have faith.
If you are reading this and feel persecuted or attacked by my words, know this: I don’t hold it against you that you believe in hell. I don’t think your a stupid, illogical, terrible human being. I was right there with you and I’m sure there are errors in my logic today and will continue to be. I would encourage you to have an open mind and really think about what you are saying when you say there is a hell.
If you really believe there is a hell, and that those who don’t believe will go there, then I will say this: You are a terrible person if you do not do every single thing in your power for all the days of your life to save as many people as you possibly can from going there. My gut feeling is that most of us as Christians never truly believed in hell deep down inside. Or else we would have lived vastly different lives.
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