What I’ll do if I’m wrong!

Way too often we as Atheists get asked the question: “What if you’re wrong?” , even though most theists don’t seriously consider the possibility, that they might be in error. I don’t believe in deities and I’m fairly certain, that they don’t exist and that they’re all made up. Can I be 100% certain? No. It might be the case, that I’ll die as an Atheist unrepented and I find myself before the “Big Guy”. So here’s what I’d do in that event:

It’s needless to say, that I would be in total and utter shock. I wouldn’t know what to say. I would be speechless. After picking up my jaw from the ground, my first question would be obvious: “Who are you? Which one are you? You aren’t the Christian one right? Were the Muslims right? Are you a deistic God whose existence was lost on all of us?” Then I would wait for his answer.

The next big question I would have to ask is “What did I miss? Where was the flaw in my reasoning? What did they figure out what I couldn’t?” I would love to find out where I went wrong and why others could figure it out and I couldn’t. That would be of utmost importance to me.

If we get into more detail and we presume, that God is a merciful (or at least not outright cruel) God and he is pleased with me and wants to spend an eternity in heaven with me, I would thank him for the offer but would respectfully decline and ask him to just let me die. If he forces me into Heaven, then I have an eternity to be pissed off at him.

If he had intentions of sending me to hell then I would ask God for a favor beforehand: I would ask him, to let me see my family one more time, so I could say Goodbye to them for good. If he said Yes then this way I would see, who of my family members made it to Heaven and who didn’t. They would know, that God would send me to hell and they would either A) resent him for it and would know he’s not a good God or B) they wouldn’t be my family and God would’ve replaced them somehow. I would then join my other family members in hell if there are any. As an extra I would have had one final encounter with those who are dear to me.

If he said No then I would go to hell immediately and would then meet my family members in hell (or not) and I would resent him even more for not granting my last humble wish.

If he sends me to hell (as some of my Christian/Muslim detractors say, is exactly the fate that awaits me) I would still be pleased in a way. I would know that I was right: There is no omnibenevolent deity. God doesn’t exist. Only the Devil does.

Of course for me, both Heaven and Hell would be Lose-Lose-Situations but I would make the best of it. So what if I’m wrong: If I’m wrong I’m doomed either way no matter if I go to Heaven or hell, unless he lets me die, in which case me being wrong but having found out why holds no real weight.

If I’m wrong I’m wrong and there’s nothing, I can do about it.

Goodbye from yours truly,

Rene von Boenninghausen @Renevelation

The Christian’s relationship with Heaven and Hell

Yesterday as I stumbled upon the following Tweet of Ray Comfort:

“The friendly preacher who fails to warn of the reality of Hell, betrays the Son of God with a kiss.”

I had the really strange thought that Ray may actually  (for the first time in his life) be right about this issue. Of course he’s not right that Jesus was betrayed or that hell actually exists but he’s right about the fact that most preachers and especially most Christians don’t seem to be alarmed about the (in their mind) very real consequences of their religious beliefs.

If you think about the fact that only about 1/3 of the world identifies as Christian you would think that every Christian would do everything in his power to see everyone converted to Jesus. With the eternal consequences that belief/disbelief has it would be the reasonable, compassionate and morally right action to devote your life to saving souls. Yet strangely enough most Christians live their lives just like I do. Granted I get to sleep longer on Sunday, I don’t talk to the air and I actually read the Bible but other than that we have similar livestyles. They enjoy watching and playing sports just like I do, they enjoy watching TV series and movies just like I do (maybe even the blasphemous ones) they find joy and happiness in a mostly secular lifestyle just like I do.

Now this of course isn’t a staggering observation but I still find it to be a curious one.    Why?

Because there is another option besides eternal torment that guarantees them an eternity of bliss and fun and happyness and love.

Those two promises, those two consequences should normally be very real to anybody who calls himself a Christian (although Muslims and others have of course similar belief systems).

To all my atheist readers: What would you do if you truly believed that those two places exist and that over 4.5 billion people living on this Earth right now will be tortured for eternity?

I tell you what I would Do (and I hope that most if not all of my readers will agree):

I would study and make my doctrate in Christian apologetics and I would make it my life mission to become the next William Lane Craig, with the obvious exception that I wouldn’t suck. I would try to find evidence for God and Christianity, I wouldn’t leave a rock unturned, and I would spend every waking moment of my life trying to convert nonbelievers. I would do so because I know I will get my reward in the next life after this one and because I owe it to the people and myself.

Strangely enough though I can only think of a handful of Christians who are getting remotely close to the standard that heaven and hell demand while the vast majority doesn’t seem to be concerned at all. My question is simple: Why aren’t Christians more concerned?

I’ll leave you with this to ponder on but I suspect you already know your answer.

Goodbye from yours truly,

Rene von Boenninghausen @Renevelation