The problem with religious proselytizing is that if you do not agree with them they have no issue stating you are worthy of hell. Yes, totally deserving of eternal punishment, pain, obscurity and torture.
We may disagree in politics or in sports. You can even reject my romantic advances but if you are a balanced person there should be no reason for you to believe that I am worthy of unspeakable ills. But apply the same to religion and all of a sudden hate is OK. Gays should burn unless they “repent”. Atheists have no morals, and even if they do show morals it does not matter since without believing in Jesus all of them are worthy of hell/death/torture/inexistence/separation-from-god-whatever-that-means.
Can you see the difference?
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Love the title. “Can you prove there is no hell?”
Because we should believe in anything and everything as long as there is no evidence in favor of it. Crazy is a good description of such a mindset.
But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.
Good thing for you Anon that there is no evidence that such an imaginary place as hell exists. And I say this literally.
Awake is a publication made by the Jehovah Witnesses. Like Mormons and Scientologists, other Christians consider them a cult (except when they share the same political views, bigoted anti-homosexual agenda and anti-science stand).
The bible, being the great book of multiple choice where depending on what texts you decide to read you can support any desired conclusion, also supports the existence of heaven and hell after death (see Luke 16:19-31 for example). The fact of the matter is that the bible contradicts itself more often times than not.
The mainline christian doctrine on hell and heaven goes somewhat like this:
1) You die.
2) Believe in Jesus?
Go to heaven. Chill there until Jesus’ second coming where you will be (for some reason) resurrected to be with Jesus (although you were previously with him in heaven but whatever).
3) Don’t believe in Jesus?
Go directly to hell. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. Be tortured eternally for a temporal crime.
The funny thing is that if you ask 10 Christians what they think heaven and hell is you will get at least 15 different answers. And don’t ask them about angels. The inanity only gets worse.
The texts you read in the magazine are used by Jehovah Witnesses to support their idea that after death there is nothing unless one is resurrected by god. There is an afterlife but not in spirit form (unless you are part of the 144,000 chosen but that is another more wacky story).
In reality no one knows what happens after death. Personally I think it should be very similar to what happened before one was born.