I read again yesterday one of the more humorous aspects of atheism. A girl (young woman?) who was clearly confident in her original and well thought out world view (sarcasm) was mocking someone, anyone actually, who was afraid of spending eternity in hell. The idea that fear should kick-start a commitment to Jesus was, to her, unthinkable, shameful, embarrassing even disgusting. Well, of course. To make any decision just because you fear the consequences is childish and way uncool. A Bright would never make a decision based upon fear. Although -
Stand safely on a tall ladder? Only an addle brained human would not.
Look both ways before you cross the street? Duh!
Dress for rainy weather? It’s up to you, but . . .
Lock your doors at night? It’s the prudent thing to do.
Plan for retirement? How clueless would you have to be to not prepare?
Eat healthy? That’s a no brainer.
Don’t walk down the train track with your ear-buds at full volume? Pfft!
Stay out of burning buildings? Mmm, ya. I think so.
Use a match to test if that smell is natural gas? Not a chance.
Avoid tigers in the jungle? Sure. Makes sense.
Worry about where you’ll spend eternity? Are you crazy? What a stupid thing to do.
People like Hugo are absolutely certain, beyond any doubt that there’s nothing beyond the grave. Why waste one second thinking about it? Fear eternity in hell? What a silly thing to suggest. Accept Jesus’ offer of salvation and avoid eternity in hell? That would mean that I was allowing fear to influence my decision and a Bright would never, ever do that.
Tell me Hugo, I understand your certainties - I can quote them for you if you’ve forgotten what you’ve said - but could I ask, If hell exists, and if what Jesus taught about hell is true - IF - only IF, would you be damned for eternity?