When as a Christian I first started to question the idea of there being a place of eternal torment for many who die, it was with some trepidation. This is because I am in some ways a yes man. If someone with a certain amount of authority told me that something was true, then I (at least in my younger days) was probably inclined to believe it. So when charismatic bible trained Christian leaders told me that I needed to “accept Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and saviour” (a phrase found nowhere in the bible) in order to be saved from Hell and live with God for eternity, I took it hook, line and sinker. What a fool I was. I didn’t know it then, but part of my thinking, my religious mindset, was actually insane.
I erroneously thought I was on the side of a long historically respected, revered and knowledgable Christian understanding of the teachings of Jesus and the bible.
Check it out for yourself. Many of the caretakers of Christian theology have been weighed in the balance and found wanting. This is now thanks mostly to Google and the World Wide Web. Information is much less controlled in this modern age. Truth can now be easily found by the masses.
Fear based manipulation that is used by religious minded people in order to control you has nothing to do with God and Jesus. I am very serious. Do not buy it. If there is a God and this God is truly good and loving then there is no way that he/she could sanction human beings that were created by him/her to be tortured endlessly because the said person did not believe in God or Jesus in this short time on earth. This is just insane. If there is a truly good God, then this ‘God’ is fully inclusive, everyone is loved and accepted. No exceptions.
If you believe in eternal torment then I think you are brainwashed, partially demented and possibly in a cult. Do you think I’m being harsh? Please read on.
I went on a search and found out some things. If you are a Christian person who truly believes in unconditional love then I implore you to get educated and start asking some probing questions.
You can start by questioning the bible teachers and Pastors. You may be surprised to find that they know less than you think they do. They are good at giving people the perception that they are very knowledgable as they quote fancy sounding Greek biblical words, memorised bible verses and talk about their time in bible college. Mark my words, there is a big deception happening.
An extremely wise person once said that (the) “truth would set you free”. If that person was right then I would encourage you to open your mind and search diligently for truth (that is if you are not too lazy to do so). Don’t leave it up to the paid custodians of Christianity or any other religion or religious organisation or people. You do it! You have the tools and ability to do this yourself. Be empowered.
I need to warn you though, there are some risks involved. If you find out that much of what you believed was a lie then it will change some of your long held beliefs and might rock the stability of your life and your worldly/religious foundations. Are you willing to take this risk in your search for truth?
Bob Dylan once wrote a song called ‘Ring Them Bells’. In it he wrote this line: “The sun is going down on the sacred cow”. I would suggest that the metaphorical sacred cow is the religious belief system that a man called Jesus passionately instigated against. You can instigate against it too. Or maybe you prefer to continue on the wide road of religion that leads to destruction in this beautiful life. Can you see the truth of this? I implore you to search for truth.
You have the power to liberate yourself from religious indoctrination and falsehood and help enable the sun to go down on the sacred cow. You can help make this world a more beautiful and less fear induced place for yourself and for others.