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Originally posted by ben91069
Here's the deal. For religious & spiritual folk it will be interesting to see the answers to my question. For atheists and all others, just play devil's advocate with this in presuming there is a higher power.
What I would like to hear from our members is this;
If you could choose between a God who has a set of rules that must be adhered to where some are "saved" based on following those rules - OR - a God who has no rules or constraints and everyone is "saved" yet it means that those you consider vile and "sinners" are also invited into heaven with you,
which God would you choose if you knew that the first God meant that the majority of human-kind would have to either burn in hell or be destroyed forever?
I based this question upon the proliferation of "I am now God" threads appearing on BTS, and wondered which of the two God's most people would choose. You can only pick one or the other.
I remember an answer which when quite young I was prompted to make to a valued adviser, who was wont to importune me with the dear old doctrines of the church. On my saying, What have I to do with the sacredness of traditions, if I live wholly from within? my friend suggested, — "But these impulses may be from below, not from above." I replied, "They do not seem to me to be such; but if I am the Devil's child, I will live then from the Devil." No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature.
Originally posted by Core90
I have never understood how Christians can reconcile their conception of a merciful and loving God, with their fire and brimstone beliefs. If God is loving and merciful, wouldn't he want to create a system that allows those who have rejected him and sinned, to reconcile with him? It seems that an eternity of Hell for one lifetime of sin runs counter to his claim to be merciful. If he were merciful, wouldn't he give sinners as many chances to reconcile with him as they need?
Originally posted by AshleyD
Let's take a spin. Would you rather have a judge who:
1) Judged those according to their crimes and issued a judgement.
2). Let murderers, rapists, child molesters, terrorists, etc. walk around free just like all the law abiding citizens?
But that is still a loose analogy.
Originally posted by Jovi1
Not really a good analogy..
So now the question becomes when you reach heaven and find the murderers, rapists, child molesters and terrorists walking the streets are you going to be happy to see they found redemption or angry and jealous that they made it to heaven?