Bottom line is this. We will all die someday and we will all go somewhere after that. Good news is that we will all end up exactly where we wanted to be, in accordance with how we lived our lives, and based on what we chose to believe.
The title says it all. Religion is not something author Christopher Hitchens finds merely unhelpful, unpleasant, or out of place within his own life. Rather, religion is a poison . . .
The “Am I going to hell?” question is designed to paint the Christian God as a cruel, merciless, and immoral despot who offers absurd “love me or die” ultimatums and a being who is not worthy of worship and His followers as heartless schmucks who don’t care about their fellow man.
If we say truth is something that corresponds with reality, then we would learn the most reliable truths from testing, observation and evidence. This is also known as the scientific method.
Not saying my testimony isn’t an effective way to personalize my experience and get a conversation about Jesus going but I often wish it were a little more dramatic, like the one this guy shares.
1. If God does not exist, objective moral values do not exist
2. Objective moral values do exist
3. Therefore, God exists
Of all the plot formulas in literature, perhaps the most popular and enduring is that of the epic journey. The reader who follows Frodo as he walks to Rivendell or Harry Potter as he hunts down Voldemort’s horcruxes quickly becomes a participant in the journey. Sharing in the adventure and the danger of the road, the reader realizes that he has also, in the process, made a pilgrimage into his own soul.
Archaeology is a scientific discipline requiring dozens of specializations. Despite its complexity, it has the unenviable distinction of being a field in which anyone with sufficient interest and a modicum of experience can claim to be a specialist.