I am not religious, but I know that hell with an idiot who evil people patronize is a much too nice of a punishment~ If the crime was a simple thing then I would more worry about repairing the damage, then going to a hell, or at least attempt not to do it again; But most people in this world have done much more then just a little so called white lie, so hell doesn't seem as much to them, and therefore continue to do horrible things. Most in this world patronize desire to go there... I believe there is a much better, and worst place where they will go; Hell is much to nice~
It's your choice. Your creator is preparing an amazing place for you to spend eternity. But if you don't want to accept it, you don't have to. You can choose hell, which is existence without God, the author of all things good. So it probably won't be pleasant.
Everyone sins. Its not specific sins that send people to hell, its one single easy choice everyone has to make that sends us to hell - or not! Everyone is given the exact same choice. You can choose to follow God or not follow. How would it be 'fair' - in your words - for those who choose the losing team to get the same reward as those who chose the winning team? Its not really. We make choices and ALL choices have CONSEQUENCES. Everyone is free to choose which side they wish. If they choose against God and live their life in defiance of God WHY should God allow them in His heaven? That makes no sense does it? If someone defied you and cursed you and spat on your name and mocked you and everything you stood for and treated all your family and friends badly, threatened them, etc would you let them into your house? I bet not. God has given us a clear, easy choice and clear consequences for that choice. If you choose, freely and clearly, to defy Him then going to hell is also YOUR choice because that is the consequence set before you when you made your choice. God doesnt send us to hell, we send OURSELVES to hell by our freely made choice. God wants everyone to choose Him and be with Him in heaven but He isnt a puppet master. He allows us to choose either the winning team or the loosing team and the clear consequence to each.
The question implies that there are not gradations of punishment. I cannot speak to this (as the Bible doesn't), but I suspect there are punishments that fit the crime. Think of heaven as the place that God calls home, and everywhere else as hell. You are asking me, "Is God fair for not inviting me to his home?" My answer is, He has invited you, but you refused. You want to be invited to the party, refuse the invitation, and be able to change your mind when you see how nice the party really is? Seems reasonable. But its not how invitations work. . I invite people to my house. They RSVP and I prepare for them. If someone shows up unannounced, my guest list doesn't have them listed, and security doesn't let them in. How do you get on my guest list? Simply RSVP and tell me. It's not based on how good you are, or if you are important or not. You just have to have a relationship with me before the party, and tell me you are coming. If you don't, you name isn't on the guest list, and security won't let you in. So, you miss out on the best party if all eternity-- for failure to RSVP. The alternative is hell. It's not such a bad place; after all, it has lots of people there, and they all failed to RSVP too-- you have a lot in common! So make the best of a bad situation and try to have fun there. But take your light clothes, I hear it's hot this time of year.
It isn't. It is a violation of human rights, which make god less moral than humans. But thats hardly surprising as god was invented by people who would have been considered barbarians even by the standards of the day.
NO. One of the biggest problems I have with my religion is why an entire race should fall for one angels arrogance. We are born of sin so we WILL sin. That being said, in this day-in-age people have the choice whether or not to follow or rebel. Even though that is pretty reasonable I don't think we should have to make that decision in the first place. One must remember, however, that we live in an age of grace. All sins can be forgiven and all debts repaid. Rebellion is the only thing that will condemn you
It's funny how god all mighty, who knows all the answers and everything, still punishes you by putting you in hell even though when he (or she) created you, accordingly, knew exactly who you are and what you'd do. You know what I mean? Because if he didn't, then perhaps we have a fundamental issue here. I know what they're going to say exactly. But hey, he either did know or didn't. And if he didn't, well, perhaps we should call him anything but god. And if he did, since he created us the way we are, then why punishing. After all, he made us the way we are. And yeah I know..... he offered us chances and he sent his son and sent prophets and ........ But at the end of the day, he knew what exactly what he made.
Eternity in hell is confusing. But then think about the fact that God made every one of the souls who will forever rot in eternal torment. Since God is omniscient (you aren't arguing that one, are you?) He KNEW upon creating them, that each of those souls would burn for eternity! Since He is omnibenevolent (are you arguing that one?) He thinks this is a good thing!
"Hey, St. Peter! I just made 270,000 people today! And get this! 269,990 of them are going to die without understanding salvation the right way. So they'll burn forever!! HAHAHAHAAHAHA!! Isn't that a GOOD one, St. Peter?? Aren't I hilarious??!!"
A guy dies in jail at the age of 86. How is 65 years in jail fair for a guy that in 4 seconds murdered someone when was 21? A guy was drunk and DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HE HAD RUN OVER THE WOMAN, yet got life in prison. How is that fair? Those and thousands of other examples from human courts show that justice may not always seem "fair".
The Israelites don't believe in eternal punishment. Jesus never mentioned "hell". He did mention "Gehenna", which was a fiery pit for those that were not worthy of a decent burial. So, if I believe I know the author of life so well, I don't believe in eternal hell. I believe in judgment & annihilation, consumption. He is a God of love & justice. If those of his creation don't want to believe or just can't see it, he will not torture them for eternity. That seems absurd. So, me, as evil as I am, would never make my darling children (who send me crazy at times) pour boiling water on their hands to teach them, that what they did was wrong. NOWAY. They may not receive my rewards that I have stored up for them, that alone is punishment, especially if their sibling received one for doing what's right. God is LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.