“What bothers me most about Christians saying atheists go to hell isn't that according to the Bible they have no right to judge
or even that it's a logical fallacy (appeal to consequences of a belief).
No, what bothers me most is that they act like it's actually a threat.
Tell me, Christians, have you been good Viking warriors? Will you die in battle with your sword in your hand:
Well then you won't go to Valhalla.
Does that worry you?
Didn't think so.”
Judge not, that ye be not judged.
For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
Threats of hell are useful, though.
They forewarn you that the believer is completely incapable of rational, coherent thought, as they genuinely think that someone who doesn’t believe Sauron is real must still think Mordor exists.
They telegraph that there is no valid evidence or logical argument for their god, as all they have is fear and extortion to coerce you into compliance, rather than being able to coherently show and explain the reality of their true and existent god.
They tell you everything you need to know about the morality of the believer, that they truly believe that you deserve nothing less than eternal suffering, they worship the monster-god they think set all this up, and think all of this is a good thing.
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This came up in conversation with an Orthodox person but as much as I clown on heretics here. I’m going to make it clear that theology doesn’t dictate faith nor God. The idea that anyone of any denomination could pray to God or ask for His forgiveness in a genuine manner and be ignored because they attend a church not in communion with the Mother Church; is resoundingly false.
Gods love and forgiveness is infinite and isn’t bound by the confines of theological splits. And I’ll personally call out anyone, Protestant, Catholic, or Orthodox who claims otherwise: You are the heretic if you claim Gods love is or can be limited.
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