If you are a Christian you were probably taught that if you are not a Christian and do not “accept Jesus into your heart” then you are going to Hell. All of your friends that were unfortunate enough to be born into another religion are also headed to Hell. Anyone who was born to stubborn to believe in God, also going to Hell. Those who died before accepting Jesus, that’s right – an eternal lake of fire. Growing up this always bothered me. I found it hard to accept those individuals that lead decent lives, but were dedicated to another faith were destined for suffering.
I found it interesting that Jews do not believe in a hell or eternal suffering for sins. I had thought for years that Hell was an old testament idea. I was misinformed. Soon as I branched out and began having friends that were of different faiths than my own I realized they were all going to Hell, right? They had more conviction and passion about being a Jew, Hindu, Muslim, etc. than I did about Christianity, but would go to Hell because they were born in a different region and to a different family and taught a different religion. It didn’t seem fair. It didn’t make since.
Why did God create such a place? Why did he create these rules? How does a man who never committed a serious crime, cared for his family, and lead a good life – but is a Muslim deserve to suffer for all eternity? How can anyone deserve this? I mean even the worst crimes are often committed by individuals who are victims of circumstance (I’m not justifying their actions) – even still does that permit an infinite eternity of the worst suffering imaginable? However, if you ask a devout Christian, a follower of the Bible, they cannot deny that is exactly what the Bible teaches. No matter the person or actions the fact is Non-believers go to Hell and believers are permitted entrance into Heaven, regardless of circumstance.
Now please don’t get me wrong. I do not think Christianity is evil. There are many good lesson to be learned. Charity, decency, love, and sacrifice. Jesus was a real person and I believe he was even a great philosopher and role-model. There is historical evidence that demonstrates this. The fact is, however, regarding Hell 1 + 1 does note equal 2. This ideology around the Hell is not logical. Is not just.
I guess my real complaint isn’t about religion, for now. Rather more about the illogical fallacies in any Religious text. The whole world didn’t flood. Noah didn’t fit 200,000 species of animals on a boat. Inbreeding wasn’t the means to populate the Earth. A man didn’t survive in a whales stomach. So on and so forth.
If anything, the Bible teaches lessons. To love. The ten commandments are a nice touch. It is not a book of historically literal events. The Bible was written over 100s of years by various authors based on translations and oral tradition. That’s just the fact. Sprinkles of truth were interwoven and the rest were stories to teach lessons and provide a moral to the story. We should put that into perspective. I think God would agree.
Just a thought, feel free to disagree and convince me otherwise. I’m open.