Is it odd that I think almost the opposite holds true? If I knew that things would last forever I'd be more inclined to act like a dick. Existence being as short as it is means we have to make the best of every moment to make it count, if we exist forever each individual moment means less.
Questions like this scare me, because if I'm not mistaken, it means that the only thing stopping certain people from being a horrible fucking human stain, is something I don't even think exists. It truly makes me worry for my safety when this sentiment is expressed.
Not that it wouldn't make you horrendous scum anyway; you'd just happen to be suppressing that side of you.
Yeaaa... when you are dead you are dead. Nothing more will happen to you. This is my belief and I'm very set in that belief unless something proves otherwise.
I am still a moral person. Where I live you are looked down upon if you don't go to church. Kinda sucks when I have (imo) a higher moral standard then some of these people. Never done drugs, don't steal, I feel like crap if I lie, I don't even kill bugs I find in my house and instead put them back outside cause why do it? (yes maybe a little extreme here)... these sort of things.
If you need religion and the threat of damnation as a moral compass, you sir, are a sociopath.
I think Penn Jillette said it best when asked as an athiest, what is stopping him from raping and murdering anyone he wants to, he said.
"I have already raped and killed EVERYONE I want to. And the number of people on that list was zero."
here's one of the tentmaker pages that talks about hell:
"Popular myth: Hell is an established Biblical doctrine that is in the Bible from start to finish. This is not true! Two thirds of the Bible (the Old Testament) do not mention Hell at all. (“Sheol,” the Old Testament word that is sometimes translated as Hell, only means “grave” by definition, and it is where everyone in the Old Testament went when they died--good or evil, Jew or Gentile). Thus the Old Testament does not contain the concept of Hell!"
"If Hell is real, why are its roots in paganism, rather than the Bible? Many nations surrounding Israel in the Old Testament believed in Hell-like punishment in the afterlife, for they served bloodthirsty and evil “gods,” while Israel simply taught the grave (sheol) and a hope of a resurrection."
This one is just funny:
"FACT: While the church has gotten used to thinking of God as Someone who was forced to design a grandiose punishment called Hell, and against His own will sends the majority of His creation there, this concept of a God "who did the best He could" --lololol
anyway, I think if hell or the concept of everlasting punishment does not exist in the bible, then obviously that rules out of the possibility of hell existing at all.
the problematic thing about the tentmaker website is that it's written for religious people.
3/4th of every page is "god is good and all powerful therefore hell couldnt exist"
it's like waking up and realizing leprechauns couldnt exist, because that conflicts with unicorns existing. And unicorns are DEFINITELY REAL.
crap, some religious nut user reviewers are still standing by the existence of hell. They use scripture to back up their arguments. It sounds legit. But some of the arguments include things like "if there is no hell, why follow the lord at all?" and "it cheapens jesus's sacrifice on the cross". Massive facepalm.
But apparently the author is just cherry picking verses that support his view of there being no hell.
Why does everyone have to be so fucking religious. I just want to know whether hell is in the bible or not.