Who's to say there is a hell? Maybe this is hell, maybe we've already been through hell. Who are we to assume anything really. Anyone tell's you 'you're going to hell' really has no idea what they are talking about. It's fine to have values, morals and guidelines to follow... but I don't believe the universe is that black and white.
I live in the clouds, there's a bunch of us up here. Don't believe everything you here. But I am here in the clouds. Really it sounds like your putting yourself through hell right now, why go through it twice, be you.
I am a very dedicated Christian, but when it comes to the afterlife my beliefs don't exactly match up to the standard heaven/hell belief. I'll answer your question by telling you what I think happens when we all die, Christian or not. I don't think it matters what religion we choose, as long as we are happy with it. I actually don't even believe in hell. I think that when someone is a bad person and they do terrible things and spew out negativity all the time, then they create their own hell here on earth and that's the end of it. They waste the only life they will have in this beautiful world in their own hell. I believe that when it comes to heaven, no matter who we are, it will be whatever we want it to be, as long as we lead a good life. Don't let anyone tell you what to believe. That is for you and you alone to decide. Do what makes you happy, because in the end, true faith isn't forced. It's already inside of you and you just have to find it.
This is entirely your decision, no-one is stopping you. There is literally no reason to believe and thus no consequences good or bad from doing so, but there is countless (I mean libraries full) books, scholarly journals, scientific papers, all peer reviewed and stamped with a mark of approval by people who've devoted their lives, gone to school, payed thousands in school loans, to proving themselves and their peers wrong and in the process proving what is right. distilled truth, premium truth, truth handed to you on a silver platter with a side of tiramisu.
2.) Why should I devote my life to Jesus Christ?
Again this is entirely your decision, the consequences of which are equally non-existent. But one begs the question why devote your life to not just anyone but anything? even science? Sartres says existence precedes essence, and that we cant be sure who we are if anyone until we die, or are a significant portion of are way through our lives. but there it is glaring you right in the face. You exist. So what does one do with this dilemma? Naturally pick something and stick with it. You can in fact devote your life to jesus, but you can equally as well devote your life to science or art or science and art and be endowed with not only the knowledge of the aforementioned highly trained and devoted truth distillers but the status of helping distill this truth yourself.
3.) And why should it be the Christian faith? What makes it the "right faith" to have instead of the hundreds of other religions on Earth?
This is an easier question to answer because it catches you acknowledging that other religions do exist. The answer is that it's really like asking "why should my favorite color be the color blue?" it has no other meaning other than that. When thinking on the other hand "why science?" there again is countless (libraries full) of evidence to give you plenty of reason "why", and plenty of reason "why" no-one is still using 17th century science as well, because science is always seeking to disprove itself, and as such is always showing why "not" "This" particular part of science, and why a particular part of science is more "correct" it fixes itself.
tl;dr - because science seeks to correct itself when religion seeks only to play the game "this is my favorite way to represent reality so everyone has to have this favorite way to represent reality"
4.)Should I go to Hell just because I am thinking for myself and making a decision off of evidence I see rather than faith alone?
I'm sure you've been reading this and have long since discovered where I am going with this. Hell does not exist, there are thousands of years of thinkers, philosophers, scientists, physicists, artists and regular folks stretching farther back perhaps than even the pre-socratics that have doubted the existence of a deity much less a heaven or a hell.
Thousands of people like you have thought for themselves and lived entirely happy and fruitful lives, and they never even multiplied
5.)And why is a book that is a collection of writings made by countless men thousands of years ago, then translated by other men into languages and interpreted different ways, be my authority on how to live my life?
It's not. Sir you've just questioned your way out of religion. the above question when taken as a statement rather than a question is the simple reason why so many are atheist.
You're not going to burn in Hell just because a religion tells you so. I'm technically a Catholic but I like to practice the Buddhist philosophy according to my religion because of that, "I'll burn in Hell."
I'm catholic but I still believe that there's no religion that guarantees you you'll go to heaven. I don't believe either that just because people don't believe in God they are unable to go to heaven. You don't have to believe in a certain God. I think that as long as you are nice with people and do good acts, even if you don't believe in God and/or you don't have a religion, you can still go to heaven because you followed what being a good human is and your conscience is clean. I hope I helped you
Eh. If you are, so what? Personally, I've considered this myself. The result I came up with is that I shouldn't put any store by it. Maybe we're going to burn, or maybe Hell doesn't exist. Either way, I can't know for certain. It's not high on my priorities.
Death is an intangible and unknowable part of our future, but life is not. It's here. The actions we take and the way we interact with our world is real. That's what we should believe in. Believe in your own beliefs, and trust yourself to be right. Because quite honestly, it isn't the final fate that matters. It's what we do until then that we should care about.
1. you don't need to believe if you don't want to. 2. you don't need to. 3. it doesn't need to be christian faith. 4. there is no completely right faith or completely wrong faith. every faith is true and beautiful to certain degree. 5. no, you will not go to hell simply because of that reason. 6. don't need to make the bible as your authority if you don't want to. there are many other scriptures out there. pick the one which you thing makes sense and brings you (and other people) to happiness, and follow it.
I too have been told that I am going to hell because I don't believe in anything, and I agree on not believing on a book that has countless generations on it, the perspectives of right and wrong change. EX; Back in the day,anybody that wasn't straight, or "normal", would be outcast-ed by society, their own family members, and friends. Now people have grown more tolerant and most of us, and by us I mean people who aren't straight, are accepted and loved more. EX; Back in the day, murder and abortion wasn't so common, yet now some people do it for fun and joy.
The good news is that a coalition of dead Rabbis and non-Christian/Muslim lawyers have successfully won their case against God to eliminate the torture aspect of Hell for those who never signed on to the New Covenant or who had died prior to Hell being introduced (Which was around the same time). The Holy Spirit ruled in the case of Levy & Associates vs. God that the terms of a contract can only be enforced by the first party (God) only if the second party (a person) accepts the terms of the covenant and agrees to live by them.
In His ruling, the Holy Spirit stated, "The Second Covenant, the Covenant of Jesus Christ, is without a doubt a contract. As such, both parties to a contract must agree to the terms and abide by them. As each individual human is Judged against the contract, it is neither moral nor ethical to render judgement upon those who have not agreed to the contract's terms and conditions, nor is it permissible to enact the contract in bulk when salvation or damnation is on a per-person basis." A special exemption was made for Islam, as Islam teaches Hell as punishment.
While the ruling upholds Heaven as being only attainable by those who agree to enter into the Second Covenant, it prevents the utilization of Hell for the punishment of those who did not enter into it. Hell has now been divided into 2 sections. One for the exacting of God's punishment on Christians and Muslims, the Second for everyone else. To date, non-Believer Hell has 2000 resort casinos, 525,000 bars, 1,526,632 strip clubs, and closing in on one billion Brothels.
I feel the same way, it's from really analyzing the Bible (or more properly, it's sources) that got me converting away from the religion. I still believe in a god, but I believe that the god has been highly misinterpreted or basically just given words that they never would have said. I personally believe that if there is no real logical reason to go and NOT do something, then it's bullshit. Examples include: bible forbids the eating of blood; blood is known to carry disease, therefor, it's not wise to drink it. Bible forbids incest; incest causes the likelihood that your children will get inherited illnesses to skyrocket, plus it is hard-programmed in most living things (animals and even some plants) to not cross their DNA with that of someone in their family. Now when it comes to things like homosexuality, or the lowered status of women, I very much disagree. There just aren't good reasons that merit such attitudes. Not to mention, especially the part about women is more a societal thing built into human nature, so there seems to automatically be bias that women must be inferior somehow. I've done my ranting, but basically, tell them it's none of their business.
I'm not a Christian either, and I don't believe in this "God", and I do not believe that you are going to go to Hell, and neither am I. But we are told this, I think, to strike fear into our hearts, and believe in something that is completely made up. It's just a book, like many other books, about fantasy things. If we believe this one book, why shouldn't we believe other books that are out there, hmm? It's just something someone started, and others followed, and it has turned into a religion, and those who do not believe, or go against the bible are all going to Hell.
Hey, here's a little something for you: No reasonable believer thinks of God as a fucking sky-wizard. No sane religious person ever believed that the Earth is flat.
There is a deep symbolism in every religion, but of course, these symbols are analogical, not just referential. I prefer to approach God as an ultimate consciousness that is potentially there to be realized by me, in me, as me. "Accepting our Lord Jesus into our heart" makes much more sense this way, doesn't it?
Hell, if we interpret it like this is being in a comatic, inert state of consciousness, "frozen in the lake Tartarus, in the deepest pits of Hell".
Every (original) religion has a superficial side which is there to protect the ignorant from their own stupor (Hell), and an arcane side to liberate the few seekers by their own intellect.
Holy books are basically written by those who have reached high states of consciousness, and got to understand some fundamental laws of existence through direct, godlike experience. The sad part is that humans have become spiritually detached, and need to rationally decipher these texts which were experienced as a subtle part of daily life and nature by the people of ancient times.
There is a whole story behind the downfall of religious institutions of course, why for example the Church became the way it is. However, there are still lots of theological resources that provide profound Christian philosophy instead of spouting bullshit about winged people and goatmen and a physically existing afterlife.
Every (original) religion has a superficial side which is there to protect the ignorant from their own stupor (Hell), and an arcane side to liberate the few seekers by their own intellect. --> like this very much
It's up to you what you believe in. You should be allowed to think for yourself, and not be forced to follow something you don't agree with.
Me? I get mixed messages from people. Some say I'm going to hell even if I do accept God simply because of who I love, while others say I can be a God-faring Christian and still date my girlfriend. It really all depends on interpretation
there's no right or wrong answer buddy. Most people stick to the religion they were raised in which is like the religion of everyone in their world so that must be the right religion, christian faiths have the dogma of spreading the gospels which is how you are bombarded by it and I'm guessing by various branches of it. I find myself between Deist and Roman Catholic, and those are applied loosely as hell. I wonder if knowledge of various afterlives would make you susceptible to them, but again the question of what happens afterlife is one that is answered only upon death, so I would not know buddy.