AUTHOR’S NOTE: This post, in addition to being poorly written, reflects an “atonement theory” of Christianity that I now reject. I’ve kept it to show where I come from.
What kind of a god sends sinners to Hell and forces them to be there forever? How could anyone believe in such a deity? Everyone has their problems, how could anyone be so harsh? Any god that would operate on such a level as this one clearly is one big megalomaniac with a temper. And such a god was clearly made up centuries ago in order to instill fear in masses so they would not rebel against kingdoms.
These objections to God make sense if you operate under the assumption that God actually has choice. We read uncritically passages in the Bible like, “With man, this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” and it unfortunately leads to some absurd and freakish results. Can God learn anything? Can God die? Can God lie? Can God create a rock that is too big for him to lift?
Actually, the Bible is full of things that God can’t do. And among those things include making a meaningful choice as to who gets into Heaven.
To understand why this is, we must understand what sin is. Most people would define sin as an act of doing wrong—a list of things we shouldn’t do in order to remain in check and appease God. However, I think it’s more accurate to think of sin as an unceasing source of destruction. Sin and God (or anything) cannot coexist. That is why Satan was kicked out of Heaven and sent to Earth and why the Earth and universe will be finite—there is sin in them. Had Satan remained in Heaven, Heaven would inevitably be destroyed. Now, I don’t understand WHY this is, but it is an essential fabric of the whole Biblical narrative.
Before Adam and Eve sinned, they lived with God in the Garden of Eden. God told them that if they sinned, they would die. They sinned, they were separated from God, and they died. Habakkuk 1:13 says that God cannot look upon sin. You can think of sin as anti-God.
Despite this, God still allows people who have sinned to come into Heaven. The only condition is that their sins be erased. This is why Jesus resurrection from the dead is so important: Jesus conquered death. When you look at it this way, that God would come to Earth in the form of a man and die on a cross in order to make it possible that sinners like you and me can escape Hell, a much different picture of God emerges—from a barbaric tyrant to a merciful hero.
Unfortunately, most people miss this picture of God, even people who call themselves Christians. God hates sin, but he has to. It’s out to destroy everything.