This is a follow-up to what happened in the comments in a previous post, “Do you believe in Karma?”
I accept the blame for bringing up the topic about Christianity and hell, but I don’t apologise for asking the question:
Why are non-Christians condemned to hell regardless of whether they are good or evil?
Seems like a perfectly good question to me, and a non-insulting one at that. I assumed wrong. Why is it that some religious types think that we are insulting their religion when we were merely asking questions and talking about it?
In the bigger scheme of things, 6 billion people floating on a blue planet revolving around a yellow sun, all spinning around in the infinite expanse of the universe is nothing at all. Religious types like to think that there is a higher meaning to life, and that we don’t exist purely to procreate and perpetuate the species.
But what if, it really is just that? Does it make the life that you are having now any less worth living? I don’t think so. Your life now is what you make of it. Arguing about things that may or may not be true, that may or may not happen, and that haven’t been proven scientifically, and sometimes killing others for are a stupendous waste of time, energy and life.
Nature exists and thrives in its diversity. And humans of all kinds will always have their differences so what’s wrong with live and let live? I respect that you believe in that and you respect that I believe in this.
All religions at their core teach peace and harmony for the fellow man but all human beings have used them for, in particular two of those religions and their multiple branches, is to sow hatred and animosity. Why must one submit to the other and vice-versa? Why must it be a zero-sum game?
And if you tell me that the Bible or the Quran states that there can only be “the one” then I will tell you that that is why I am not a Christian or a Muslim. Arguing and killing each other over what some prehistoric guys said in some equally prehistoric pieces of text which had been cobbled together and translated numerous times by other humans is to me, preposterously stupid.
I’m not saying that other religions are better. And although I’m an atheist, I’m just saying, taken to the extreme religion does more harm than good. Karl Marx said that “religion is the opium of the people“. Well opium is not only addictive, it also kills.
Stop this insanity. Spreading your beliefs is fine but not when it’s condescending, and it becomes hateful when your message is not accepted by others. In short, stop being so un-religious.