posted on Jan, 3 2004 @ 08:13 AM
I have spent a lot of time throughout my life, contemplating the existence of Hell, and I have come to the conclusion that it cannot exist. I know
this will piss off a lot of people, but I think that my reasoning is sound.
The Christian faith teaches that the God of the Bible is infinite, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent (or existing EVERYWHERE, knowing EVERYTHING,
and being ALL POWERFUL).
If this is the case and God is omnipresent, then nothing can exist that does not have God present within it. Also, since God is infinite, nothing can
exist that is not contained WITHIN God.
Since God is in everything, It would be within and around "Satan" and the "fallen angels" as well. God may be able to cast them out of heaven,
but how would It cast them out of Itself, if God is infinite?
I am more inclined to believe that "Satan" is our human nature, and "hell" is the physical destruction of our bodies when we die. I think that
ALL souls are pure, and that when they are released from their flesh & blood bodies, they rejoin with the infinite spirit that is God.
Apart from the above reasons, my opinion is also based on a more spiritual understanding.
I do not believe that God has human traits, like jealousy, anger, or a desire to punish non-believers. I also don't believe that God seeks to be
worshiped or praised, nor does It damn those who do not worship It. I do believe that God deserves our respect and appreciation for everything that
exists around us. By being respectful of God's creations, other humans included, we show our respect for God.
I do believe that God is the pure essence of love, and that is why love is necessary for our survival (as much as food, water, and shelter are).
This point can be argued, and I suspect it will be, but if humans do not feel they are loved by anyone, they either spend their lives searching and
compensating for it with other things, or they just give up and die.
A God that is pure love, would be compassionate, forgiving and understanding, as well, since those actions are born from love. If God was not willing
to forgive, then God would not be pure love. Especially, if that refusal to forgive resulted in eternal damnation to unimaginable torment. That is
not an example of tough love, as many claim, because there is no way to redeem yourself, once you are condemned, and it is too late to learn any
If God is all knowing, It knew from the beginning, which of us would believe, and which of us would not. God would have to have chosen who It was
going to condemn to "hell", before humans even existed. If that were true, then God would be a God of hate, not love.
I know this is contrary to most people's beliefs, and I would like to hear some valid rebuttals on these points, if there are some. I have asked
for answers to these questions, since I was a little girl, and have never received any. What do you guys think?