You don't kill people because it's harmful. Maybe not so much for the one doing the murdering but definitely for the one getting murdered. There would be so many more orphans in a more murderous society than we could take care of.
Not if we killed the orphans too, of course. Speed THEM to god as well.
Anf, as much as I believe in the afterlife I don't want my child dead or anyone that I love or anyone that I don't......we all want our children in heaven but not before we go.
And as Jeff said - how selfish! Do you make your children watch you eat all your dessert before you let them eat theirs? Did you take first go on all their toys at Christmas before letting them have their turn? Would you refuse them the chance to go off to college, to move across country, to emigrate? Nope - as a good parent, I'm sure you'd always put THEIR best interests above your own.
So why the double standards for death and instant access to the afterlife? This is the point when most believers certainty breaks down. Anyone who KNEW, 100%, that there was a wonderful afterlife awaiting everyone would be all smiles at the death of a loved one. Sure - a little
sadness, because it'll be a few years before you see them again. But the overwhelming emotion should surely be joy that they have been accelerated into the eternal bliss of heaven. Isn't it worth you being parted from them for a few years if the trade-off is them being in a place where they have no pain or sadness, just total happiness and love? I'd want that for my children, why wouldn't you?
Of course, the main thrust of this question is directed at the believer who subscribes to the belief that (a) we are all sinners who have to correctly repent to get the good afterlife, and (b) that innocents like small children get to bypass that requirement and go automatically to heaven. In such a case, given the choice between:
1) Their child is GUARANTEED heaven (but they have to go now), or
2) Their child gets to hang out with them a couple more decades, but there is a significant chance that that will mean them NOT getting to heaven,
...surely option (1) is preferable? Not going to far as to say that they should kill them themselves, but certainly if someone else comes along and (unasked) murders their children for them, then surely gratitude and happiness should be a big part of their reaction?
IF, of couse, they are as certain in their beliefs as they would otherwise have us think.
Like I said, for someone like you, where everyone is going to heaven anyway, there is a lot less of a hard decision to make. (Incidentally - if everyone gets to go to heaven regardless.....then what on earth is the point of this
world?) It still seems a bit selfish to want your children to endure the sadness of this life for longer than they need to so you can be with them all the time - but surely the flip side of that would be for you to want THEM to die just a couple days after you? Or better yet, perhaps, at the same time?
Because "we all want our children in heaven but not before we go" is
simply selfish, unless the same sentiment applies in reverse....because isn't that REALLY saying "I can't bear for them to be in heaven and me to be down here - but I'm fine with ME being in heaven while they slog away on earth for a few more decades"?