I know. Strong words for the title of a post. But I firmly believe that hell doesn’t exist. At least not in the traditional “fire-and-brimstone-rotting-for-all-eternity” sense of the word. Whether you’re religious or not, I think my argument is pretty strong.
Here it is:
If you’re an atheist, and you’re right and God doesn’t exist, then well, neither does hell. Simple enough.
Say you believe in God in the traditional sense. And you’re right. Then in that case, we are all God’s children, and no parent would ever cause their child to suffer no matter what their child did. The love is unconditional.
“But what about all those sick people who abuse their own children? Some parents cause their children to suffer. Couldn’t God do the same?”
That argument is completely invalid. If God exists, then God is omnipotent and benevolent. It only makes sense that if God were so unhappy with us that he/she wanted to punish us (A human trait, by the way. A powerful and omnipotent God needs nothing from anyone or anything. How could he/she, when he/she created everything that exists?) then wouldn’t it make sense that God would just make us cease to exist? What purpose does eternal damnation serve? I mean, other than a means to frighten and control the masses, of course.
Let me put it this way: I am a parent. No matter what my son does, I love him unconditionally. If he screws up, he’ll suffer the consequences of his mistake, but I’ll always be there for him with loving support. Even if I have to punish him, it wouldn’t last forever because why would I hold a grudge against my own son? That’s why hell doesn’t exist. God wouldn’t do that to his/her children. Hell
exists here as a mental construct that we create for ourselves by resisting reality. (That’s a whole other idea for a whole different post)
There’s a third construct too, and hell doesn’t exist there either. What if you believe, as I do, that God isn’t a figure in the heavens, but pure, conscious energy. God is in everything and everyone and nothing in existence is not a part of God. Well, in that case, we create our own reality, and the consequences of our actions are dealt with by way of Karma. Again, hell in the traditional sense of the word, doesn’t exist.
Don’t get me wrong – I still believe that if we don’t change the course we’re on, we will create our very own hell right here on earth. We need to be kinder to each other. We need to radically change our policies on climate change and start actually doing something to reverse it. Last I checked, we still have nowhere to go if we destroy our planet.
So, yeah. Hell doesn’t exist. Yet. Let’s all join together and make sure that we keep it that way.
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