Why would you love a deity that would sentence your loved one to an eternity of damnation? That just seems absurd.
A God who creates a Hell and creatures to put in it is unacceptable. The Jehovas Witnesses, if I am not mistaken, omit hell. They do still offer the faithful immortality. I find this attitude more generous.......
Heaven is a problem only for the physical body. For the spirit or actual consciusness earth is boring and heaven is the paradise of realease from ristriction. If you yearn after righteousness as the bible says you'll have no problem getting into heaven, here and now within you and everlasting life for your spirit consciusness after.
But if you actually don't yearn after goodness, heaven forbid, but if you don't follow even the conscience that you have. Then you man return to the earth, dust to dust and then again rise as in the eastern religions reincarnation. But you man be an earth element that rises up a plants stem and gets eaten by a pig. You may become a pig. It could be hell. The world's nature goes forever round and round in circles. But God's heaven is outside of this world of actions and reactions altogether. Read the bible from a spiritual and positive attitude and you will see. dan b
Nature knows no conscience. Nature is survival of the fittest. Mean people belong there or under The Law not in heaven. dan b
Which Christians are those? Only the most liberal modern day or those that don't understand the dogma of their religion. Take Roman Catholic...no take the Baptist denomination. (these are the two most popular sects)
If you don't believe that Jesus Christ is your lord and savior, you're going to hell.
If you don't believe in the trinity, you're going to hell.
If you don't believe that the Bible is the infallible word of God, you're going to hell.
If you don't believe in the resurrection, you're not a true Christian, and you're going to hell.
If you worship any other God other than the God of Abraham, you're going to hell.
*You don't hear individuals saying these things, but they will say things like "I'm not banishing you to hell, God is."
The video is saying that under these (and many more) beliefs, all Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, sinners that weren't saved, agnostics, and atheists are going to hell. The only thing the video assumes is that the viewer has a friend or family member that is in one of these categories.
Then in heaven, you have to somehow deal with knowing your brother, sister, best friend, crazy uncle, etc. is spending an eternity in fire being stung by hornets where their tears mix with their blood (as Dante depicted) instead of in paradise with you.
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But I agree, the lighter was too much and takes away from the message.
Heaven does not describe god or give value to his existance Alan. Accepting that heaven is a possibility for me is not my admission that god can be comprehended. If I give him credence in heaven, I must still answer all those questions that still plague my logic on earth.
XRIS while it is true that God will remain incomprehensible, be it in heaven or earth, in my opinion, God can make aspects and attributes of his essential being understandable to mortal humans.
There are countless realms much like Jacobs ladder in the afterlife that one must climb and learn more and more knowledge about the Infinite One, but no matter how highly evolved we become God will always be an inscrutable mystery to man.
Nature knows no kindness.