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Christianity Johnson on 24 Jul 2008 09:25 pm

Half of Alabama is going to hell

A fascinating little article:

Going to hell in a maths chart

It talks about estimates by the Southern Baptist Church of Alabama that calculate the number of people in the state that will go to hell. Southern Baptists, of course, are on the highway to heaven. But what about everyone else? Who has God damned to eternal torture in the unquenchable lake of fire? According to the article:
– Many of the people in other Baptist and evangelical denominations
– Catholics
– Jews
– Muslims
– Hindus
– Confucians
– Atheists
– All who refuse to accept Jesus

Billions of people, in other words.

Hell is, of course, a completely imaginary place. But for members of the Southern Baptist religion, it is real. So it makes you wonder… how can these members stand to be around all of us who will be tortured for eternity?

More importantly, why would they worship anyone whose top item on the resume is “mass torturer”?

5 Responses to “Half of Alabama is going to hell”

  1. on 25 Jul 2008 at 12:01 am 1.Patricia said …

    Hello, it’s like WOW you must have spent so much time writing all these articles! It’s a huge collection. I stumbled across it searching for “Why God would allow slavery.”

    I’m a christian. And I used to wonder, as a child, why God would mass murder babes, and pple. And I also thought about the Thou Shalt Not Kill law…Hmm, took me years to figure it out…(I hated reading the Old Testament then) And then I realise, in those days, there were no Kings. NO LAW. It means if someone kills your mother, rapes your sister and then takes an eye out from your father, Well, there won’t be cops ringing on the doorbell of the offender to haul him into prison. So imagine, men were living unto the law by themselves. They have nothing to fear except the retribution of the Lord. Thus, it’s why God judges men and sentences them. It’s just like how a murderer is now brought to court, and sentenced to prison. I suppose back then God didnt use prisons. He judged most to death. But Thou Shalt Not Kill!! Wait a moment, …didn’t God make that law? He told us not to kill each other. This is His law to men. But remember, God is not man. He’s God. He tells us what is sin. It doesnt apply to him. He is our Creator, and the judge. He will judge, sentence, and punish us if we insist on sinning.

    Genesis 6:5-6 says:

    ” The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. 6 The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. ”

    This verse always grips me. As you mentioned, the Old Testament always seems to depict God killing pple all the time. He seems so harsh. But right there, in Genesis, it says God’s heart was filled with pain. The description strikes such a deep chord in me because God was in pain because of us. Emotional pain. Just like when a friend betray you or when your spouse cheats on you or when a boyfriend/girlfriend dumps you. His heart was filled with pain. He was experiencing this pain because He was so upset that men–whom he loved–were so evil. And his heart was filled with pain thus his decision to bring down the flood to wipe out mankind. Can you call this murder? God was Judge, is Judge. He can read their hearts, and know that there was only wicked thoughts in their minds. So he sentenced them to death. Harsh, you think? Perhaps you could suggest a better way of punishment apart from death? Hmm…there were no prison cells built back then…and even if God built prison cells, what could He do with the whole world trapped in prison anyways? Lol.

    Hmm, I dunno about you. But some pple are really savages. To be honest, I feel that without the Christians and men of God, I doubt earth can be this civilised right now. Even then this civil-ness is only a surface mask. So much corruption, violence and other bad stuff goes on…

    As to why God bothers to remove a mustard stain …lol… well, if you need something more important that He’s done…He’s helped me shrink a growth and spared me the pain of operation. And why do I know He did it? I wasnt on medication. I prayed. THe growth was on an external part of my body, and it shrunk in front of my eyes. In one day, it was gone. I literally saw it shrinking. So, yep, that’s why I’m a believer. And God is kindness, graciousness and everything christians say about Him in the New Testament. In the Old Testament, he too was that. But times were different, and God laid out the laws according to the times…When Jesus finally came down, it was no longer so important for God to tell us to behave or else…It was more important for us to know that He still loved us, and that He wants us to choose Him. So i suppose that’s why the New Testament shows a gentler God. But God was all along good and kind and merciful. Which is what David, Abraham and many of the other men in the bible said that of God. I think they said that because they were not perfect, knew they sinned a lot and yet God continued a relationship with them, and didnt put them to death so to speak. Which He could have…He could judge them of their deeds but he continued to bless them. I suppose unless you really have a relationship with God, it’s hard for you to understand what I’m talking about. So I shall end here.

  2. on 26 Jul 2008 at 4:15 am 2.helene said …

    patrica it is easy to understand god realizied that most of us had eviil thoughts before he flooded the earth for 40 days and 40 nights only saving the family of Noah. the god and Noah (looking out for the future) made a pact never to kill off all humans again. that is where the dove and peace sign (or dove and branch of olive simbloizing peace came from)… after that point slaves came but at that time being a slave was good it was not about race but about a butler or such – the slaves worshiped abram or abraham saying that he was in touch with the lord. slave wass not the same term used with the north and south or america – that was race.

  3. on 27 Jul 2008 at 1:54 am 3.Ryan said …

    Are you all blind? it saddens me to see that you people are without faith. One can’t make demands of god. Now because of this you try to drag others with you? God is filled with mercy and unfailing love. You are human and you don’t know what he knows. Also about prayer and faith making you unstoppable… have you stopped us? we are still here. And so we shall remain in his divine grace.

  4. on 28 Jul 2008 at 7:25 am 4.Myron said …

    Hey. I’m not “without faith”, but it seems to me we need to question the stories we’re told, even those told by religion. If we find something that conflicts with what we thought was true, we need to be willing to consider that our concept of what the truth is is flawed.

    On the other hand, as far as I can see, nothing discovered by science eliminates the possibility of a rational faith. There is a middle ground, and I would like both atheists and those of faith (particularly scientists on either side of the debate) to come poke holes in the ideas I’ve got of what that middle ground might be, so that we can come up with something that’s workable for everyone.


  5. on 31 Jul 2008 at 5:18 am 5.Anfauglir said …

    How incredible. A post that talks about hell, answered by three Christians who don’t mention the word “hell” once.

    Way to avoid the question, guys and girls! So, let’s get more specific.

    I am an atheist (in fact, a Humanist), and I live a good and moral life – just as good a life in thought and action as many Christians I know (and in some cases distinctly more so).

    But, as an unbeliever, I will be tortured in hell forever for my unbelief, despite living a life that Christ would otherwise approve of. Now – reconcile that alleged fact with the statements:

    “God (is) good and kind and merciful” (Patricia) and
    “God is filled with mercy and unfailing love” (Ryan)

    In other words, answer the question posed in the blog, not the easier question you wish you had been asked.

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