…only worse. Auschwitz was momentary. Hell is eternal. Hitler therefore is merciful in comparison to how most Christians view God.

All this talk of New Testament grace personified in Jesus means nothing. God’s grace is only temporary. His wrath is eternal. His grace lasts only a few years of our short existence here. For most of humanity their existence will be miserable and short and then they will face a “Holy” God who will nit pick every single trifling thing they’ve ever done and deem it worthy of everlasting torture. Torture only hinted at by groups like the Catholic Church and the Nazi regime. And if you are Calvinist it’s worse. God has chosen before you ever existed whether you would be eternally tortured in the fires of hell or not. What a wonderful being this Calvinist god is. Let us all bow before him. In love of course, not fear…

“Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

“But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!”

“The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

“And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire…where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ For everyone will be salted with fire.”

How can we still view Jesus as most Christians seem to, meek and gentle, with statements like these? If the NT is anything to go by he was not, and he will be laughing at the poor unfortunate sinners who are either elected or chose by their actions (Christians can’t quite agree which it is) to go to such a place.

And what evidence do we have to go on? Well we have the Bible… No one has ever documented such a place. Some will tell us it is beneath the earth, some will tell us it is in another part of the universe and some say it is outside of the physical universe. Most Christians are fuzzy on those kinds of details. God knows and that’s all that matters… Assumptions on top of assumptions.

In the normal course of life people like evidence before they make a move. Religion asks us to have faith, and tempts us with promises of unimaginable beauty and life if we do, but terrifies us with threats of unimaginable torment if we do not bow the knee.

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