The following is a quote from Grace Stories:
“So Hell is not a first resort. Hell is a last resort. Hell is for people who do not turn from their wickedness. Hell is for people who pay their debt on their own.”
I smoked marijuana with my cousin once. My brothers and I went through about a month long shoplifting phase when we were teenagers. I have sexual thoughts. I lie occasionally — not to cover up anything but to avoid telling someone their fat, rude, etc. I tried hard to come up with something else, but I honestly don’t know.
I received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army. I served in Iraq. I take very good care of my children. I am a teacher. I am a tutor. I work hard. I’ve never cheated on anyone. I believe in equality for all human beings. Overall, I’d say my good qualities far outweigh my bad, however, I will one day be subjected to an eternity of torture and burning in the Lake of Fire.
The post on Grace Stories is packed full of ridiculousness nougat — such as the comparison of an eternity in hell to an eternity of doing dishes at a restaurant where you were “unable to pay your debt.” The quote above is the main idea of the post, so I intend to break it down and…uh…yeah, I’ll be making fun if the entire idea.
“So Hell is not a first resort. Hell is a last resort.”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
In order to enter the kingdom of heaven, you MUST achieve salvation. The only way to achieve salvation is to believe that HeyZeus died on the cross for your sins, and was resurrected three days later. But we aren’t born believing this. This has to be learned. It seems that Hell is, in fact, a first resort. Before you “know” HeyZeus, you are hell bound. It may be the last thing that happens to you, but it is not a last resort. It is the last resort for Christians to rope you in — fear is a great way to force people into religion. It is not the last resort for god.
“Hell is for people who do not turn away from their wickedness.”
The implication here is that non-belief or rejection is equivalent to wickedness. According to the Bible, we are born evil. We never had a choice in the matter. Adam and Eve screwed up, we inherited it. This is the reason people claim that Christians try to put a “monopoly on morality.” Islam is the same.
morality=salvation=no god but mine
Imagine you are a giant, stinky heap of societal crap. You steal, cheat, rob, and abuse other people. You go to jail a few times. Though you never find god, you do begin to understand that your life is going nowhere. Through this realization, you begin to understand what you have done to other people. So, you become a community activist. You teach kids to stay off the street. You get government grants to start after school programs in urban neighborhoods to keep kids safe and improve their quality of life and education. You stop drinking, smoking, and cursing. Through it all, you never accept god or HeyZeus as any more than fairy tales. According to Christianity, you have NOT turned away from your wickedness. You’re a lost soul, destined to burn.
The most evil and hateful thing that Christianity teaches is that god doesn’t send people to hell. People send themselves there — not through actions, because those can all be forgiven. One thing gets you to hell — non-belief. paying a debt implies an end of payment. Hell is an eternity of payment for a small offense. A logical offense.