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When Did I Become Thirty?
or "Wait, there are people who were born in 1994?!"
Serious Question 
25th-Feb-2003 12:30 am
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I thought of it today while I was presenting Freud, but never got the chance...

If "God" is supposed to mean Unconditional Love...why is there Hell?

Anyone?
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25th-Feb-2003 01:49 pm (UTC)
it's so funny that u said that... when my brother and i were forced to attend CCD classes and all that crap, we'd try arguin' w/ our mom constantly cuz we don't agree w/ the catholic religion (no offence to anyone)... one of our arguements was that we thought it was dumb cuz one minute they teach u "god forgives all!" and the next they teach u "if u bad ur going to hell!" geez!!! make up ur minds!!! which is it cuz it can't be both!!!!
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25th-Feb-2003 07:40 pm (UTC)
I know what Freud says, I did the report :)

My question is for non-athiests, unlike myself...if "God" is all-forgiving, why is there a Hell?
4th-Mar-2003 11:04 am (UTC) - Why is there a hell??
I, like you Adam, consider myself an atheist, or, at the very least, an agnostic. However, I think that I have an answer to your question. Many 'Christians' do not believe that God is all forgiving. They believe that he may have been at one point in time, however, when one of his brightest angels, Lucifer, revolted against him, he banished him. Lucifer did something to God that he could not forgive, therefore he sent him to 'Hell', a place that he created that would torment Lucifer until forever. This is what it says in the Old Testament, an old Jewish and Christian scripture written by a bunch of old white dudes. What has happened today is many people have created their own idea of what God is and feels and thinks, and have just thrown him into what they learned as a child. As you can see, this creates a problem if someone decides that both God is all forgiving and there is a Hell that he sends people to. This can best be explained by people not actually thinking about what they believe in, rather creating ideas based upon ideals and values they wish to promote. As far as 'unconditional love' is concerned, can a parent unconditionally love their child? If yes, can that same parent punish that child for doing something wrong? I think that you're second point is better than the first actual question, but I do think that you've stirred up some interesting ideas.

-Joel

P.S. I hope that I did not offend anyone by referring to God as a 'he' or 'him'. 'He' and 'him' are used as common place terms to give some identity to God. If there is a God, I do not believe God to be either a 'he' or 'she' or 'it'. Sorry. If you're still offended, fuck off!
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