The most egregious of all Christian concepts for me is Hell. By far!
There is no honest and rational excuse for this demonic idea — the idea that those who don’t accept Christ, will burn in extreme torture for all eternity.
I will here, right now, debunk this atrocity.
I shall choose for weapons — Logic and Reason.
First, what is meant by “Hell”:
Hell is a place of eternal torment for sinners who have not obeyed the Biblical God*. It is the price for SIN.
* (The concept of Hell is found in Pagan religions too, much older than Christianity.)
SIN (literal meaning) = “missing the mark”.
It doesn’t have to be a crime for it to be a sin in God’s eyes.
What Purpose does Hell have?
Indeed, since there is no way out of Hell — what lesson is there to be learned?
I will easily contend NONE whatsoever — since it’s a condemnation for Eternity.
There is no release for good conduct, no parole, no redemption, regrets, no turning back.
It is a permanent punishment for a very temporary mistaken Life (according to the Bible).
Two Men, Two Outcomes:
Here is a simple argument against the morality of the Biblical God. Since you may have heard this, please take time to ponder on how this is in any way “Justice” for you.
Roy is a serial killer on death row for murdering and abusing children all his life, who hurt everyone around him for his own wicked pleasure, Fully understanding what he has done, he finally accepts Christ. He still gets the chair, but he goes to heaven for having accepted Christ in the nick of time.
Now, if that same man, died in a shootout before going to prison; it was Hell for him, and for eternity.
For Roy, Heaven or Hell is just a matter of Timing!
Meanwhile, Aadi is a good man. He is a sincere Hindu. He has been an exemplary father and husband his whole life. He helped his community, and even died saving someone from a fire. Christ is not even in his cultural reference. When dying as a hero, he wakes up in Hell — for eternity!
I repeat, for ETERNITY!
Does that make sense to you? Is this Justice to you?
God, Eye for Eye, and forgiveness
Again, what we are talking about here is Hell, a place that BY DEFINITION is the very pinnacle of non-forgiveness — yet, this is the solution the Biblical God has for those “having missed the mark” in their very short life.
How is this wrong for any sane thinker?
• It’s a matter of MEASURE:
In the OT, the logical yet unsubtle Law was “eye for eye”— and one must admit that it rings of a certain sense of justice and fairness, albeit unforgiving. If indeed a day for God is akin to one thousand years for us, then Christians are actually saying that their God punishes ad vitam aeternam for a life that lasted only a few seconds for Him!
This questions God’s sense of measure. It is so disproportionate that it boggles the mind!
One must also consider that Eternity is the same Eternity — both for God as for us.
Let’s think about that — he gives a sentence that only HE can grasp and we cannot even begin to fathom.
This also proves the total lack of empathy God has for his children. Who of us parents would so over-punish our kids for the mistakes they make — even when on purpose?
Not to forget that God’s Children are flawed. We are imperfect.
Torture and Objective Morality
Is there any doubt that Torture is ever morally acceptable? Our human collective conscience shudders at torture — even when there is the difficult choice to use it on one to save many. It’s a tough subject that separates our humane opinions.
But one thing is absolutely universal: Torture can NEVER be used for punishment, nor to impose a Religion or Political conviction. Hitler comes to mind…
How can anyone rationalize the superior morality of a God that will use torture — eternal torture at that!
Of course, all this is folklore. Thank goodness.
But, we are faced with a huge amount of people that actually believe and enjoy this ersatz justice. Of course, they hope for heaven — but it’s their lack of humanity that hurts me — how they can love a Deity that is that evil and cruel.
• Hell is a punishment that has no teaching value whatsoever.
• Hell forbids any attempt at redemption, let alone forgiveness.
• Because of its permanence, God can no longer be called ‘perfectly all-forgiving’.
• The issue of measure: Eternity of torture for a split-second life in God’s eyes.
• Hell is the absence of empathy of the Father to his admittedly “imperfect” Children.
• Torture can never be the tool of a Perfect God.
One must question God’s character here. There is no doubt that the punishment far exceeds the crime.
How egotistical and vengeful this God looks to us peace-loving People all over the world, with our different cultures and persuasions.
Sadly, I know many of you are too afraid of God to question Him about these things. That’s the beauty of Christianity: you drop the word “Apostasy”, and you have guaranteed your hind on the eternal barbecue. I will eventually write on that — the demonizing of enquiry and frank questioning.
I must add that even when I was a Christian, I always thought of Hell being symbolic, not literal.
But eternal “spiritual torment” is torture nonetheless, even if just psychological and spiritual.
So even this tamer approach to the idea of Hell still poses the problem of God’s morality.
Here’s a syllogism to place it in simple logical terms:
1— Enforcing physical and psychological torture is objectively evil.
2— God enforces torture without end, as punishment.*
3— Therefore, God is evil.
* “Punishment” is not the right word, because it conveys a sense of lesson and correction.
The more accurate word would be “vengeance”, because it is a final execution.
I was just trying to be agreeable…