I find it ironic that the Christianity I lived in for 38 years believed these people would go to hell and burn eternally because their holy life wasn’t good enough to save them unless they forsook their religious belief and accepted Jesus Christ as the only way to be saved. Not just these people but the millions of others who live to better the lives and world around them but are in a different belief system or do not believe in the divine at all. No matter what selfless acts they do and how much unconditional love is in their hearts, according to the way I was conditioned, would still burn alive for ever. While those who are saved by the blood of Jesus live with no pain or sorrow in a perfect place.
I don’t see how one can live free from pain and sorrow anywhere when they have loved ones burning eternally. Do they just forget the people they grew to so dearly love and care for? Do they lose all emotion? How can one feel happiness with no emotions? I used to answer things like this by saying God is perfect and he makes no mistakes and letting that thought take any worry and sadness from me. But really, it’s a temporary fix because when you think about it, it just doesn’t add up. And I’m just not the heartless type.
But then again, thinking is a lot like doubt and doubt is a sin. And, thinking is a lot like eating the forbidden fruit of knowledge of good and evil which is taboo. We are not supposed to think, but trust that all those good people deserved to burn. Yeah, I won’t do that.
As I started this off with, I said the type of Christianity I lived in, I am thankful that not all Christians are like how I was. A lot of them have a better head on their shoulder then I had. I have met some and look forward to meeting more who understand that it’s ok to think and to dig and not just from Christian resources.
I remember hearing Christian missionaries pointing out the similarities in the religion of the culture they were proselytizing. But rather then appreciating the similarities and leaving them be they felt they had to fix the beliefs to fit their idea of holiness. If someone is reaching for hope and can’t find any, ones religious beliefs can be very comforting and even life saving for that person. But to decided that everyone in the world is wrong except those who believe the way you feel they should is either mean or thoughtless. Or, maybe it’s just fear. And no one should have to live their life in fear, that is no real life at all.
I look forward to people seeing the commonality in each other and not labeling it evil like I heard a preacher on the radio warn the other day. But opening up their eyes and joining together to better the world, and learning and working together in love and peace and kindness.