posted on Apr, 22 2004 @ 05:02 PM
Originally posted by Tamahu
What kind of punishment is non-existence though? I don't believe in a literal Hell mind you; but all suffering would cease, if one ceased to exist
would it not?
If you weren't conscious of existing or didn't exist at all; that would be better than all of the suffering that most beings go through in this
I don't believe there is a place of endless suffering, like Christians and Catholics imagine it. How could we do anything in our insignificant,
flash-in-the-pan lifespans, no matter how major it may seem to us, that would warrant ETERNAL suffering with no chance of redemption?
The rest is not to you, Tamahu, it's just about the subject in general
ETERNITY is FOREVER and EVER!! I don't think our minds can even grasp the concept of forever, yet people accept the notion of a God who condemns
people to a state of endless pain for something as irrelevant as disbelief, without question. God doesn't need our belief to exist or to be God, yet
the price for not giving It our belief is hell? That means my Grandfather, who did anything for anybody while he was alive, but did not accept God,
is suffering in unimaginable torment right this instant. If that is what God is about, he can damn me as well, because if I believed that God was
that much of an asshole, nothing could make me worship It.
Fortunately, I feel like I have a pretty strong spiritual connection and God is not a vindictive personality that feels the need to punish us past
this lifetime. If we are not able to release our grasp on this world when we die, I think we are left in a limbo-like state until we "get it" and
can rejoin the "Whole". Otherwise, our bodies die and our souls return to the source, irregardless of the mistakes and wrongs done by our bodies