I commented on a recent Christian post and was asked a very interesting question.
Here it is:
If you died tomorrow and God said “all those Christians were right all along about everything”, what would you do?
If God made a special exception just for you and offered you the choice between an eternity worshiping Him and an eternity in the Hell I have described to you, what would you chose?
Other than the coercion in my hypothetical scenario that would effectively eliminate your free-will, how is that choice different from the choice to come to God through faith you are disregarding now?
Bottom line here is that God wants you to chose Him, as I have while, at the same time, He is willing to let people reject Him, as you have.
Okay, so I’m going to deal with it in chunks. The first question asked is what would I do if I died tomorrow and a godly supernatural entity told me that the Christians were right all along.
Well, I guess I’d come to the realization that I was wrong. It wouldn’t be the first time and I’m sure it wouldn’t be the last, even if it meant being wrong while roasting alive in a pit of torment.
But I wonder what they would do if they died and there was Zeus standing there? What about Allah? Or one of the thousands of other gods we’ve invented throughout history?
I wonder if this God would accept my apology if I told Him the truth – I didn’t see sufficient evidence for its existence; its scripture is contradictory; its abilities are described incoherently; its followers can’t even make up their minds about its properties or what it wants, and I just honestly didn’t believe.
I guess if this deity is really all-loving, I’d expect he’d understand and forgive me.
The second question has to do with me getting a choice between worshiping this deity or roasting in hell.
That’s a tough one.
I’d like to think I’d choose the roasting because I don’t like being threatened into what would amount to eternal slavery, but I’m not sure I honestly would. I mean, eternity is a long, long time and who wants to get tortured?
Then again, I think worshiping something for eternity would be its own brand of torture. If I still retained my limited intelligence, I think I’d wish for death after a while no matter what I chose.
I find it telling that this being would need to resort to threats and torture to get what it wants though.
The Second Choice
The next question is a bit hard to decipher. I assume it has to do with the first hypothetical choice and why it is any different than the choice I’m supposedly given here on Earth while I’m alive.
That one is pretty simple.
Obviously, if I die and I’m face-to-face with God, I’ll have sufficient evidence for its existence. I certainly don’t have that at this moment, and I can’t force myself to believe something that at best I view as being an incoherent concept.
That’s a big difference.
If God really wants me to choose Him, then he has it within his unlimited power and knowledge to provide the evidence he would know in advance would convince me of its existence.
Like I said in his comment section, that doesn’t mean I’d worship such a being, but I’d definitely acknowledge that it exists. Playing hide and seek, while attempting to speak to us (human beings) through a contradictory mess of a book(s) is obviously not the best way of accomplishing this goal. You’d think this all-knowing god would have figured that out after the first billion or so people were sent to hell for believing in the wrong god.
And besides, not all of my family believes in the Christian God. That means (according to the original post) that they will go to hell. What sort of heaven doesn’t contain the people I love? How could I possibly find peace while knowing my loved ones are being tortured for eternity?