Today I’ve been pondering the statement christians make that we are children of god. That god loves us all. That he wants the best for us. That he wants us to be with him for all eternity. To not be separated from him.
I think about my own children and this is exactly how I feel about them. I want them to always be happy. I want them to love me and to feel loved by me. When they do wrong, I want to be able to correct them. To show them the way that leads to less pain and consequence. But I know that I also need to let them find out on their own what to do and what not to do to lessen that pain in the long run and to reach the greatest reward.
However, the way I want to show them is the most direct approach that I can possibly give them. The most direct that they will listen to and receive. Any questions they have, I want to be able to answer directly, without confusion. Because I love them. I want the best for them. I want to be there for them in all ways that I can.
I guess this has been weighing on my mind today, thinking of the analogy that believers think of their god. Like a father figure. Only the father that we see in the bible is very elusive. We are expected to believe in him from these ancient books in the bible, lest we be condemned to eternal punishment. What father figure would have such an ego, that if we simply didn’t have faith in his existence, we would be in torment forever? I really don’t see the love.
Why make it so difficult to believe? It certainly can’t be believed solely on the bible. There is to much contradiction and evil that comes from those texts. Surely he wouldn’t leave it up to the writings of the bible to lead us to become believers, would he? If so, it is a poor representation of himself. I would be pissed if I were a god and that was the best that those who believed in me could write up.
So in conclusion. I’ve said it before. I can never imagine condemning my children to the existence of eternal fire, for any reason. The god of the bible has that waiting for those of us who ask honest questions and don’t just take things on faith.