Response to an atheist

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I was browsing through an atheist forum and saw this signature “God loves me so much that He will leave me burn in hell if I don`t obey Him” (my strikethrough + I do not remember if the capitols were present 🙂 )

I would say that God respects your freewill so much that even though He gave His only born Son to die for your sins, He will not force you to love Him. Or consider His sacrifice. Your sincere love means the world to Him.

4 thoughts on “Response to an atheist

  1. If God created everything, then he also created hell, under the assumption that many people (most people, if you listen to most Christians) will spend eternity there.

    Yet at the same time, God is not even apparent nor is His communication clear. In other words, he’s set up the world/universe as a tremendous gotcha game, in which the rules are not even clear.

    So if God created Hell, it was not out of love. Nobody builds a torture chamber out of love.

    And if He is God, how is anything a sacrifice on his part. You can sacrifice, I can sacrifice, but God is incapable of sacrificing, because sacrifice implies loss.

  2. Thank you for the response.

    You: “If God created everything, then he also created hell, under the assumption that many people (most people, if you listen to most Christians) will spend eternity there.”

    God created Hell of course, but most people are wrong when assuming that He has done that for people to spend their eternity there. He created Hell, as I understand, for Satan and all the „fallen angels”.

    You: “Yet at the same time, God is not even apparent nor is His communication clear. In other words, he’s set up the world/universe as a tremendous gotcha game, in which the rules are not even clear.”

    His communication was clear when saying „thou shall not eat…” After that, if things became blurry, as you imply if I understand correct, is because we are free to make our own rules. Of course, the responsibility remains upon our heads.

    You: “So if God created Hell, it was not out of love. Nobody builds a torture chamber out of love.”

    True. It was created out of justice. But love was in action when not deciding to destroy everything He has done and start over. He gave us a second chance, maybe?

    You: “And if He is God, how is anything a sacrifice on his part. You can sacrifice, I can sacrifice, but God is incapable of sacrificing, because sacrifice implies loss.”

    I do not see how the principle of loss is incompatible with a godly character.

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