Should We Lose Sleep Worrying About the Christian Hell?

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Rob, Fundamentalist ChristianIf you are wrong and God does exist and Jesus is the only Savior, it will matter whether you trusted in Jesus or not. You won’t simply die, that won’t be the end. You will face a judgement beyond your ability to comprehend.

Gary:  I lose as much sleep worrying about the Christian hell as you probably spend worrying about the Muslim hell. Why? Answer: Just as you do not believe that the evidence for the claims of Islam are credible, I do not believe that the claims of Christianity are credible. They are silly, based on nothing but false assumptions, conjecture, and wishful thinking.

The world is full of superstitious threats of eternal gloom and doom. Religious people don’t spend two seconds worrying about the threats of other religions, but are amazed when people of other religions (and atheists) are not worried about theirs.

RobIf you don’t believe God exists, why do you care if I believe in Jesus and expect that I will go to heaven when I die? What difference could this possibly make to you?”

Gary:  I am involved in one of the greatest movements in human history: the debunking of religious superstitions. I consider it a great honor and privilege. I believe that one day, Rob, your great grandchildren will read our conversations and wish that Great Grandpa Rob had listened to reason and science instead of participating in the dissemination of ancient fear-based superstitions.

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2 thoughts on “Should We Lose Sleep Worrying About the Christian Hell?

  1. Rob: If you don’t believe God exists, why do you care if I believe in Jesus and expect that I will go to heaven when I die? What difference could this possibly make to you?”

    I really do hate when Christians ask this question, because they are either completely clueless, or think that I am. The simple answer is that our beliefs inform our actions, our actions have consequences, and those consequences are objective.

    I care about what we believe, and why we believe what we do. I want to make sure that I (and everyone else around me) has good reasons for what they believe, and if they don’t have good reasons I want to try and convince them that they do not have good reasons. Epistemology matters, even though most of us don’t think about it too often.

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  2. Why should we care what Christians believe, Rob?
    Perhaps because of their insistence on telling the rest of us about Jesus at every turn;
    their constant harping on about how we’re missing out by not believing in their God;
    their wanting the laws of the land to be based on what they say their God approves of;
    their drive to deprive of their rights those, like me, who don’t conform to ‘biblical definitions’ of morality/sexuality/marriage;
    their expectation that their beliefs trump (no pun intended) the rights of non-believers;
    their dismissal of evolution, climate change and the ecological problems we face as either ‘hoaxes’ or inconsequential because Jesus is coming back soon;
    their insistence that 21st-century problems can only be solved by a return to a bronze-age mentality;
    their campaigns to have these views reflected in the education system;
    their desire to consign everyone who doesn’t share their beliefs to hell
    – and so on ad nauseam.

    That’s why we care.

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