Thanks to Byron for this post idea! Look for his first podcast, too, when it comes out. 🙂
Question: What would you say to someone who told you that you were destined for hell?
I’ve been on both side of this now, so I can predict how this conversation would go. Here’s the dialogue of me talking to myself (I’m fine; I promise.) ten years ago…
Old me: You’re going to hell.
New me: *After pausing for laughter* Really? Why do you believe that?
Old me: Because the Bible says that anyone who does not accept Jesus as their savior is going to spend all eternity in hell.
New me: So you believe everything the bible says?
Old me: Yes. The bible is the truth of God on earth.
New me: According to the bible, we are the children of god and he loves us, right? Because he created us?
Old me: Yes. He created us and we must follow his word like sheep, like little children.
New me: Would you send your child to hell?
Old me: Excuse me?
New me: If your child was disobedient, didn’t listen to you, and wanted to follow their own path, would you send them to hell for all eternity?
Old me: Well, if a person doesn’t follow God, then…
New me: Not what I asked you. Would YOU send your child to hell for not listening to you? You created them. Shouldn’t your children do everything you ask them to do?
Old me: Well, no…
New me: Would you send nice, moral people who lead wonderful, fruitful lives to hell simply because they have no religion or were raised with a different one?
Old me: ….
New me: Would YOU send me to hell? I’m not concerned about god right now. Would you do it?
Old me: No, but it’s not my…
New me: Then you have a higher concept of morality than the god you worship.
THE END. That’s what I would say.
Geez. I really don’t like old me very much. 😛