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Will you still be able to enjoy paradise...

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Thought came to me just there.

Suppose you take the dive, die and get into paradise, whatever you want to call it, what would you do if you found someone you loved and cared about, say a friend parent or even a child...what if they're not there, what if they were damned? How would you feel, knowing that they're suffering eternal torment while you're living it up with your god? It could be be the child you watched grow, the parent you loved and looked after when they were on their death bed; maybe it's just your best friend who was there with you all the way. How do you, and indeed if it's all real we, prepare ourselves for such a predicament? Paradise is supposed to be everlasting and peaceful right, well I can't imagine knowing for eternity that my child, parent or friend is being tortured, how could we possibly be happy living with such knowledge?

Imagine living even now in the finite present, knowing that your loved one is suffering? How would you feel, function; sleep even? It'd be horrible.I often think of those parents who's children have been kidnapped. It must be absolute hell, imaging all of the horrible scenario's. This is the same thing but on a much more horrific scale as their suffering is eternal in the after life.

I'm sure the parent's of John Wayne Gacey for example, thought of him as just an average man working his job as a clown and construction business manager...little did they know he was a mass murderer. See we don't know every aspect of a person and no matter what facade they put on their true character festers inside. Mark Twain said it correctly: 'We are all moons, we all have a dark side that no one see's.'

So, how would you feel about such a predicament?

P.s, sorry if it's a bit rushed, gotta' be someplace.

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I don't think we will remain aware of what came before. There is a "judgement" of the works of believer's but after that I think we move into a future separate and distinct from our past here. Your point is well taken because no feeling and loving person could be happy knowing the object of their affections was suffering.

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Ignorance is bliss.

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A lot of people feel you won't remember them once they are dead.

Ignorance would be bliss when it comes to something like this. You could not be happy knowing someone you cared about is suffering.

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A lot of people feel you won't remember them once they are dead.

Ignorance would be bliss when it comes to something like this. You could not be happy knowing someone you cared about is suffering.

That's very callous isn't it?

Let's forget about our loved ones burning in pain while we eat foie gras to the sound of harps.

If I had a child or loved someone enough to be their spouse/lover, I'd rather march to hell with them than pull a wall over my eyes and forget about them. **** that. I mean, I'd have to call into question why they are damned, if it was for something like unbelief then I'd happily follow them but if they were a child-killer/rapist who loved doing it and hated me then I'd be in two minds about it...my harsher side says "**** 'em" but I really cannot fathom living it up in paradise while someone I love/ have loved is being tortured forever.

Oh the joys of human life.

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No, I cannot enjoy it if my loved ones are not part of it.. To say I would, is completely selfish.. I may be a lot of things, but I am certainly not selfish.. I have and always will, put my little family before me

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Only the damned are worth saving.

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As a Christian I don't believe that hell is a place of suffering. This whole matter of burning in fiery damnation with pitchforks and flames and pineapples is not a biblical concept. My belief is that those who die without Christ suffer the punishment of eternal death - that is, much like atheists believe, when you're dead you're basically worm food.

So for me personally, I don't have that problem of saying "what if I'm right and they're burning for eternity in pain". If I'm wrong, and they're burning in pain, then I guess I'd feel pretty cruddy about the whole thing.

To the second part of your question - living for eternity without those we loved on earth. To this I'll simply say that it's hard to grasp a life we have never known, and the spirit life we are suppose to inherit as Christians is an unknown to us. It's not like the physical life we currently lead. Spirit entities are totally different. We won't be the same. Will we remember those who passed away? Some argue no, and I tend to side with that, but even if that not be the case they aren't being tormented.

~ PA

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I would be miserable, best to send me to hell with my fellow Pagans.

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How can I feel bad about something that I do not think exists? (I emphasize 'think', not 'believe')

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How can I feel bad about something that I do not think exists? (I emphasize 'think', not 'believe')

Suppose it did and you found yourself standing on the brink watching your family or friends burn and knew they'd be doing so for ever...would you still be able to turn your back and head into the pearly gates to smoke ganja with Jesus, Mohammed, Krishna or whoever?

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As a Christian I don't believe that hell is a place of suffering. This whole matter of burning in fiery damnation with pitchforks and flames and pineapples is not a biblical concept. My belief is that those who die without Christ suffer the punishment of eternal death - that is, much like atheists believe, when you're dead you're basically worm food.

So for me personally, I don't have that problem of saying "what if I'm right and they're burning for eternity in pain". If I'm wrong, and they're burning in pain, then I guess I'd feel pretty cruddy about the whole thing.

To the second part of your question - living for eternity without those we loved on earth. To this I'll simply say that it's hard to grasp a life we have never known, and the spirit life we are suppose to inherit as Christians is an unknown to us. It's not like the physical life we currently lead. Spirit entities are totally different. We won't be the same. Will we remember those who passed away? Some argue no, and I tend to side with that, but even if that not be the case they aren't being tormented.

~ PA

Wow. That's refreshing, a Christian actually knowing when to differentiate between the Medieval/ Renaissance/ Algheri depiction of hell and that of scripture. :tu:

If paradise is all it's cracked up to be then it'll be good for those who believe it. If death for the Atheist is as you truly believe it to be and is basically a state of non-existence then that's fine by me, and personally I'd love that; sure eternal days of peace would be better but likewise, I can see peace as nothingness, as much as some people would hate the idea of non-existent emptiness, something I can understand if they've high hopes for the afterlife.

Think of it as like being in a dreamless sleep...

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Since I've never believed in a deity that was so cruel as to condemn people to everlasting hell, that wouldn't be a concern for me. What ever happened to the notion of a loving, kind, compassionate, forgiving god? That's the God I was raised with.

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It's always been something I've thought about as well - and how can we know that the people within our potential Afterlife are the genuine articles and not just part of the paradise we find ourselves in?

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We are all healed when we enter that light. This Earth life is a school and the education of the soul is too important to leave it up to chance.

We live in a holographic universe and this side is the holographic projection and the other side is the original holographic film. When our physical body dies the soul merges back into the original holographic film, another dimension where the laws of physics are very different from this side.

that is all there is, this side, the place we call the physical universe and the other side, the place we call heaven which is the original holographic film that our universe is a projection from.

The physics of heaven will be the physics one might expect if one were living in or on a piece of holographic film.

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Can you not do something that you enjoy without somebody that you care about around? I.E. your soul mate of a significant other is in prison for something they did, does that mean you cannot enjoy the things you like while they are there? Some of my friends were in prison but I still enjoyed my life while they were in there. How would this be any different. We both knew what they did was illegal by law(not divine) and knew what they were doing and got caught. It was just acceptable.

I have a hard time believing that a lot of people I know about would get sent to hell simply for the fact that most of the bad things they did may have been illegal by law and not really unforgivable.

Is it really all that weird of a concept to be an atheist when you believe the holy book people preach about is false? There is a clause in the ten commandments that pretty much says that it is ok. Do not worship/follow false idols. If you don't believe in God, lived a good life, you happened to come across the pearly gates(or whatever), wouldn't you start to believe in the real God? Hence you'd pretty much not end up being in hell for not believing.

Even then what if they got hell wrong? Fire/heat is used to cleanse/purify after all so maybe it wouldn't be permanent just long enough to take away the problems. Would you really want to be in paradise with somebody you loved who may have snapped and slaughtered you and the rest of your loved ones before the reason for them snapping is fixed? It may even be fixed instantly or maybe instead of a guy with a book, or maybe it's more like a doctor making sure you pass some sort of holy physical before you get to enter, if you fail you might just get therapy if you really aren't all that hell worthy.

So yeah I'd still be able to enjoy paradise, if my friends burned.

Here's the kicker though your paradise and being upset might be the therapy(Not every problem needs to be resolved with torture afterall) you need for actual paradise. (Maybe that whole thing about accepting whatever God is less about God and more about accepting the things you cannot change?)

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Wow. That's refreshing, a Christian actually knowing when to differentiate between the Medieval/ Renaissance/ Algheri depiction of hell and that of scripture. :tu:

If paradise is all it's cracked up to be then it'll be good for those who believe it. If death for the Atheist is as you truly believe it to be and is basically a state of non-existence then that's fine by me, and personally I'd love that; sure eternal days of peace would be better but likewise, I can see peace as nothingness, as much as some people would hate the idea of non-existent emptiness, something I can understand if they've high hopes for the afterlife.

Think of it as like being in a dreamless sleep...

There's more Christians like me than you probably think. Most Christians don't accept a fire-and-torture hell anymore, though admittedly I think the idea of hell as death is not yet the majority view. In any case, on the bottom of this post I've attached an essay that I wrote several years ago (and have been revising every now and then since) on the topic of Heaven and Hell. I've linked it here before, but not for a while now. I think you'll find it interesting. It'll take about ten or fifteen minutes to read through it, but I hope you get a chance to look into it. And if you get a chance, I'm always looking for ways to improve my knowledge of the topic so any constructive criticism would be very much appreciated :tu:

Opposite of Heaven UM copy.doc

~ PA

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Quite a good read. Informative, not writing your opinion down as fact, but using information at hand to back it up what you think. A tad bit too serious for my taste(That's on me though I like absurdity and comedy) but was interesting enough for me to keep reading. Liked the ending a lot as well. Hell I'd read more things like that if you post them.

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Only logical explanation is that free will and eternal torment can't coexist. Either any person who would go to heaven would be lobotomized to forget about their past, which is against the principle of free will, either sinners can't be tormented for eternity. Also, there would be no justice if two different persons commited different level of evil (compare Hitler and random ww2 nazi soldier) would receive same eternal punishment.

Therefore there is no eternal punishment in hell, but eternal death, deletion from existence, just as Paranoid Android said.

It is similar to this world, when a person goes missing, his family cannot deal with that until it knows the truth, is the person alive or not. Usualy only after you bury a person you can reconcile and move on with your life.

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There's more Christians like me than you probably think. Most Christians don't accept a fire-and-torture hell anymore, though admittedly I think the idea of hell as death is not yet the majority view. In any case, on the bottom of this post I've attached an essay that I wrote several years ago (and have been revising every now and then since) on the topic of Heaven and Hell. I've linked it here before, but not for a while now. I think you'll find it interesting. It'll take about ten or fifteen minutes to read through it, but I hope you get a chance to look into it. And if you get a chance, I'm always looking for ways to improve my knowledge of the topic so any constructive criticism would be very much appreciated :tu:

Opposite of Heaven UM copy.doc

~ PA

Very interesting essay, and i want to point out few things that could refine your thoughts.

1. "Where do deceased righteous go, in heaven or paradise now?"

There is a interesting issue regarding Luke 23:43. You maybe know that original New testament didn't have punctuations. SoLuke 23:43 actually reads: "Truly I tell you today you will be with me in paradise."

Now think is it possible that the sentence meant this: "Truly I tell you today, you will be with me in paradise." it makes more sense to understand it like that because of John 20:17 where Jesus confirms AFTER ressurection that he hasn't ascended to his Father, which means he HASN'T gone to heaven yet.

Also the point of Judgement day, as a moment where people will be judged and separated according to their deeds, is useless, if you have someone who died, went to Heaven, spent time there until Judgement day, went to be judged and returned back to Heaven.

Only logical solution is that all people, good and bad, go to She'ol whan they die, which means a Grave, state of dreamless sleep where there is no thinking or reasoning.

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Can you not do something that you enjoy without somebody that you care about around? I.E. your soul mate of a significant other is in prison for something they did, does that mean you cannot enjoy the things you like while they are there?

That is too vague to begin with.. Your loving partner could be in prison for a number of things.. Like Murder, which means they could well be in for a long time ( Life ) How about theft? They may not be in for long.. So if they were in prison for theft ( to use as one example ) ...You would know they will be coming home again soon enough, so yes you will have lots to look forward to once you are reunited with them.. To now look at life long sentences...If your partner is in for life, and most likely serving more than one life sentence, then you know you are not likely to see them again with you at home..

But what you need to take into consideration is How their crimes that put them away has effected you?

Are you saddened and angered by their actions?

Do you feel they deserve it and hope they rot in jail?

Then there is the possible feeling of compassion and loyalty to that person you love

Maybe you feel they deserve a chance?

You long for them to be set free? The list can go on.. But even if you are greatly saddened they are in for life and the chances of you seeing them home again are remote, it does not mean you will go around with sheer happiness and enjoy your life ( unless of course, you are self centered and care only for yourself ) .. You could well be feeling like those who have lost loved ones - Grief stricken

How do so many react when they have lost a loved one and they are filled with grief?..Sadness, Anger ( even taking it out on others ) Denial, Depression and Acceptance ..So in a way, if your loved one had been sentence in definitely and you know they will not be at home with you and your family again, you could well feel the same as those suffering grief ... Every day that passes you will think of them... When you go on holiday or out to a special event, you will find yourself feeling - "I wish they were here with me"... There is no real guarantee that you will feel 100 % completely over joyed with life and continue doing so..There is always that black hole that is left empty

In the afterlife,in my own opinion, this is not the same... If your partner is not in heaven with you,, whether he or she be forever dead or if there is a place called hell, he or she stuck there.. I would imagine that for those who are not selfish and known to put others in front of themselves, will feel empty and not 100% knowing their loved ones are not with them.. If heaven is a real place, they would likely go on a search for them, not wanting to ever give up..Fact is, you would still have to get on with your life regardless, you would not have a choice...

True story about myself - When I was counting down the short weeks of my new daughter coming to me, looking forward to holding her, feeding and taking care of her.. I faced the most disturbing time of my life..I was brought in to give birth to a child that had died on me..The experience itself still haunts me to this day.........At times I still cry and ask why? .... The autopsy report showed no medical reason for her death, so I was left with nothing

Some people were harsh towards me, giving me a hard time over it.. Even on line, I faced arrogance over it all, but I looked right past it and did not allow it to prevent me from carrying on I never gave up hope on a second child... With every last shred of faith I had left in me, I kept going.........I had an early miscarriage during that process, it struck me down and I got back up and kept going...I finally fell pregnant with my little baby boy - Aaron..and I done everything I possibly could to make sure I could carry him full term.. I even spent long nights praying and talking to god, looking for that one last chance......In the end, I got it... My mother hugged me saying - "You were always a true fighter with spirit, you never give up hope"... This I believe is true..it takes a lot of spirit, love and compassion to keep going cling to your faith...Even if you have so little of that faith left, you fight for it to the very end

Now that I have my baby boy, I am happy yes, but there is not a day that goes by where I done feel a bit of sadness thinking of the one I lost, wishing she was here... I have been happy, but not 100% over joyed feeling complete.. No.. I cannot explain why that is

So yeah I'd still be able to enjoy paradise, if my friends burned

That in a huge way differs greatly from myself. .I cannot ever feel that and think that is fine for me...Maybe it is because I am a fighter with spirit and I never give up? I am not one to put myself first?I honestly do not know why? All I can say here is, I cannot feel that way...I never have done before...

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Very interesting essay, and i want to point out few things that could refine your thoughts.

1. "Where do deceased righteous go, in heaven or paradise now?"

There is a interesting issue regarding Luke 23:43. You maybe know that original New testament didn't have punctuations. SoLuke 23:43 actually reads: "Truly I tell you today you will be with me in paradise."

Now think is it possible that the sentence meant this: "Truly I tell you today, you will be with me in paradise." it makes more sense to understand it like that because of John 20:17 where Jesus confirms AFTER ressurection that he hasn't ascended to his Father, which means he HASN'T gone to heaven yet.

I've thought of that, and while I agree it is possible I have personally decided that this line of reasoning is wrong. It just sounds wrong to say "I say to you today....". But whether it is or it isn't, I've figured it as a minor issue in terms of the bigger picture.

I've also heard from some people that the sentence is not grammatically correct in Greek if it meant "I say to you today, you will be with me in paradise". But I don't know about that, I've never corroborated that with other sources, so I'm not willing to simply put it out there without qualification. Unfortunately I'm no linguistic scholar, and have to rely on people better read than I.

Also the point of Judgement day, as a moment where people will be judged and separated according to their deeds, is useless, if you have someone who died, went to Heaven, spent time there until Judgement day, went to be judged and returned back to Heaven.

Only logical solution is that all people, good and bad, go to She'ol whan they die, which means a Grave, state of dreamless sleep where there is no thinking or reasoning.

Not necessarily. Judgement may still be pronounced on someone who has made it to heaven, and gifts may be given to those who have earned them in God's service. Think about the whole "store up treasures in heaven" spiel that Jesus speaks of. If a person "stores up treasure in heaven" they are putting away credit for the afterlife. What if people on earth can "earn" greater things in the afterlife than simply being there?

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Can you not do something that you enjoy without somebody that you care about around? I.E. your soul mate of a significant other is in prison for something they did, does that mean you cannot enjoy the things you like while they are there? Some of my friends were in prison but I still enjoyed my life while they were in there. How would this be any different. We both knew what they did was illegal by law(not divine) and knew what they were doing and got caught. It was just acceptable.

It would be different because damnation is forever and is suffering without repose..just a tad different from being in prison with three-square meals, a bed and above all, being pain free and with the hope of redemption (on social terms).

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I don't think I'll ever find out. Paradise doesn't seem like it will ever fully happen, it's like a fairytale to me.

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That is too vague to begin with..

The problem is that is not that it's vague. It's that we don't agree on the on terms. Which is the basis of everything. This is why acceptance is important. I'd be quite upset if my friends were burning forever for something I didn't agree with just like anybody else.

Here's the thing though I consider everything I come in to contact with who benefits(discussion, money, anything that provides more) me in some way a friend. That means everybody here. Even when I disagree with somebody I gain benefit from it. When I get punished, I learn something.

Anybody who does not provide total benefit and just takes away is my enemy. (You lie, cheat, steal, try to kill me, without a reason or without a good reason). These people are not my friends nor family and I wouldn't care if they burned.

I'll even use you for an example If you got went to hell just because of the fact you don't agree with me.. I'd be upset. Since I consider you a friend(and everybody here at UM I consider a friend).

If you killed me just because I didn't agree with you... I really wouldn't be all that upset that you were burning. Doesn't matter how we were connected by blood, money, proximity or just a stranger (I highly doubt you would because you are not an evil person)

If I didn't know about it. I couldn't be upset either.

Now if you killed me because I tried to kill you just to kill you, I would expect you to be alright with me burning. I'd be ok with me burning if I did that.

Not everybody agrees to the term friend and enemy like I do. My term for friend is quite different from yours. Which is why I'd be able to accept that my friends (using other people's definition and not mine) Were burning,

Also why acceptance is the key to getting over just about everything. (although it's not an excuse to not do anything)

Feel free to smack me around a bit if I go too much philosopher, new age hippie type stuff,(seriously go to far with this stuff you end up sounding like some sort of Buddhist monk or maybe even Jesus so feel free to smack me out of it ) :)

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