Ask yourselves this:
What is wrong with eternity in Hell?
I was told that it’s rather hot there, for one.
The whole point of Christianity, or so it is imagined, is to safeguard the eternal well-being of human souls. Happily, there’s no evidence that the Christian Hell exists. I think we should look at the consequence of believing in this framework, this theistic framework, in this world and its moral underpinnings would be.
9,000,000 Children die every year before they reach the age of five. Picture an Asian tsunami, like the one that occurred during 2004 that killed a -/+ 250,000. One of those every 10 days, killing children only under five. 24,000 Children a day, a thousand an hour, 17 or so per minute. That means before I get to the end of this sentence, some few children, very likely, would have died in terror and agony.
Think of the parents of these children. Think of the fact that most of these men and women believe in God and are praying at this moment for their children to be spared, and their prayers will not be answered. But according to some douchebag motherfucker, this is all part of God’s plan.
Any God who would allow children by the millions suffer and die in this way, and their parents to grieve in this way, either can do nothing to help them or doesn’t care about them. He is therefore either impotent or evil.
What’s worse is that many of these people will be going to Hell because they are praying to the wrong God. Think about that. Through no fault of their own they were born into the wrong culture, where they got the wrong theology and they miss the revelation.
There are -/+ 1,200,000,000 people in India this moment and most of them are Hindus and therefore most of them are polytheists. In the words of a religious fanatic, no matter how good these people are, they are doomed. If you are praying to the monkey-God Hanuman, you are doomed. You’ll be tortured in Hell for eternity. Is there a slightest evidence for this?
No. It’s said in Mark 9, Matthew 13 and Revelation 14.
Perhaps you’ll remember from The Lord of the Rings that when the Elves die they go to Valinor but they can be reborn on Middle-Earth. I said that just for the point of comparison.
So God created the cultural isolation of the Hindus. He engineered the circumstances of their deaths in ignorance of revelation, then he created the penalty for this ignorance, which is an eternity of conscious torment and fire.
Let’s say that you are a run-off-the-mill serial killer in America, who spent his life raping and torturing children. You need only come to God, come to Jesus, on death row, and after a final meal of fried chicken, he’s going to spend his eternity in Heaven after death.
One thing should be crystal clear to you: This vision of life has absolutely nothing to do with moral accountability. Notice the double standard that people use to exonerate God from all these evil. We’re told that God is loving and kind and just and intrinsically good. LOL. I just point to them the obvious and compelling evidence that God is cruel and unjust because he induces suffering on innocent people of a scope and scale that would embarrass the most ambitious psychopath.
We’re told that God is mysterious. Who can understand God’s will? This is precisely what believers use to establish his goodness in the first place.
If something good happens to a Christian or he feels some bliss while praying or he sees some positive change or changes in his life, he’ll tell us that God is good.
When children by the tens of thousands are torn from their parents’ arms and drowned, he’ll tell us that God is mysterious.
This is how you play tennis without the net. It is not only tiresome when otherwise intelligent people speak this way, it is more of reprehensible.
This kind of faith is the perfection of narcissism. It’s like saying,
“God loves me, don’t you know? He cured me of my eczema! He makes me feel so good while listening in Church and just when we’ve given up hope, he found a banker who is willing to reduce my mother’s mortgage!”
Given all the things that this God of yours did not accomplish in the lives of others, given the misery that’s been imposed on some helpless child at this instance, this kind of faith is obscene! To think in this way is to fail to reason honestly or to care sufficiently about the suffering of human beings.
If God is good and loving and just and kind, and he want to guide us morally with a book, why give us a book that supports slavery? Why give us a book that admonishes us to kill people for imaginary crimes like witchcraft?
But there’s a way of not taking these question to heart!
According to the Divine Command Theory, God is not bound by moral duties. God doesn’t have to be good. Whatever he commands is good, so when he commands the Israelites to slaughter the Amalekites, that behavior becomes intrinsically good because he commanded it.
You are being offered with a psychopathic and psychotic moral attitude, can you not see? It’s psychotic because it’s completely delusional. There’s no reason to believe that we live in a Universe ruled by an invisible monster called Yahweh. It is psychopathic because it is a total detachment from the well-being of humanity.
Just think about the Muslims, at this moment, who are blowing themselves up. They are convinced that they are agents of God’s will. “They are praying to the wrong God” has no say here. If they have the right God, what they were doing would be good. That’s under the Divine Command Theory.
I’m not saying that all religious people are psychotic or psychopaths, but this to me is the true horror of Religion.
It allows perfectly decent and sane people to believe by the billions what only lunatics could believe on their own.
If you wake up tomorrow morning thinking that saying a few Latin words over your pancakes is going to turn those into the body of Elvis Presley, you have lost your mind. If you think more or less the same thing about a cracker and the body of Jesus, you’re just a Catholic.
I’m not the first person to notice that a very strange and sort of loving God would make salvation depend on believing in him on bad evidence.
2,000 Years ago there was evidence of the Lord and he was performing miracles but apparently he got tired of being so helpful, and so now we inherit this very heavy burden of doctrines and plausibilities and the effort to square it with what we know as the cosmos and what all know about the human origins in the scriptures becomes more and more difficult to understand.
I hate to break it to you but Christianity is just another cult of sacrifice. Christianity is not a religion that repudiates human sacrifice, it is a religion that celebrates a single human sacrifice as though it were effective.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son…” –John 3:16
The idea is that Jesus suffered the crucifixion so that none of you will suffer in Hell… Except for those billions in India, and billions like them throughout the history.
This is a stride, a contemptible history of scientific ignorance and religious barbarism. We come from people who used to bury their children under the foundations of new buildings as offerings to their imaginary Gods.
Think about that. Vast numbers of societies. People would bury children in post holes thinking that it would prevent an invisible being from knocking down their buildings. These are the sorts of people who wrote The Bible.