Assuming I choose to reject.....am I instantly in the Lake of Fire, or is there a period of time between the rejection and the entry to the Lake? If so, how long is that period?All good questions but unfortunately, I don't know have the answer to those last questions. Doesn't mention it in the bible. I'm not God my friend...
Once thrown into the Lake.....is it so fiery hot that I wink out of existence in an instant? Or does it take time for me to burn away? If so, how long? Seconds, minutes, hours, what?
And that's where the problem lies. You were quite specific earlier on that:
(you think the afterlife is) a place of eternal torment and pain. I have come to the conclusion that this is not so. ......."Is hell a place of eternal suffering/torment? NO. + what happens when you die?"
So you are positive that is doesn't last "for ever".....but you CAN'T say how long it does last?
How long do you think you could hold your hand on a hot stove, or in a fire (NB: DON'T TRY IT). Unless you have a specific condition that deadens nerves, you'll manage maybe a couple seconds before the horrific pain makes you yank your hand away and run for the tap. So while "for ever" may not be the case, it is still vitally important how long this burning actually goes on for.
Because if it lasts for any measurable time at all, then your lovely loving god is deliberately choosing a means of destruction that causes indescribable pain.
Just imagine, for a few minutes, that the "burning" doesn't last for ever.....but lasts for 24 hours. Seriously, sit quiely and imagine it. Then come back here and explain how your god is so loving.
One more thing:
Why do all skeptics ..... laugh at the bible, saying it's a fairytail, why do the ALL fight against it with everything they have? Why do skeptics ALWAYS fiercely attack it? Why not just laugh it away? Why discuss smthg that is not serious in the 1rst place?
Because there are seven countries in the world where atheism is punishable by death. Seven countries where if I said "I don't believe in god" I would be executed by the state. That ignores, of course, all the places where publicly saying "I don't believe in god" would earn me a lynching, or a beating. The places where saying "I don't believe in god" would lose me my job, lose me friends, deeply harm my prospects. If I wanted to become president, I'd have no chance - check out some opinion polls on how many Americans would not vote for an atheist candidate, regardless of policies.
Because of all that, I won't sit idly by and laugh it all off. This isn't a harmless few people saying "I believe there are fairies in my garden", this is vast numbers of people whose faith causes reactions from (at best) indifference, through to deliberate murder - and they will feel fully justified in whatever they do.