I think you are all missing the main point. You are focusing too much on inconsequential details instead of the main emphasis of salvation. It's like getting a million dollars and complaining that the bills are a little too wrinkled.
I think it's you that's missing the main point, actually. Which is, namely, we haven't actually received the "million dollars" yet
. Indeed, not only have we not received it, but the best we've ever managed to receive is a promise. Not only that, but it's a promise that's passed onto us by other humans who have heard it from other humans, who have heard it from other humans and so on, and the ultimate source of the 'promise' is a religious book, one which has been edited and shaped and changed by those same humans for the better part of two thousand years.
I think under the circumstances, a little skepticism is more than warranted. Especially given that people have actually envisioned plausible scenarios where someone offering promises and gifts was actually doing it for their own nefarious purposes, such as the Twilight Zone episode, "To Serve Man
" and Christopher Anvil's short story, "The Kindly Invasion
", where the people who believed those 'promises' and accepted those 'gifts' ended up suffering dire consequences for it.
Of course, that's assuming that the whole thing is real in the first place. It's not that difficult to envision the whole business as being wishful thinking that's been treated as real because people so desperately want to be able to cheat death.
It is certainly not disgusting. Christianity is the most beautiful religion in the world. It's nothing but pure love and joy. How can you say such a thing? These are the kinds of things that make us think you guys have a deep seeded hatred of Christianity. I never see this much hatred for Islam or Hinduism.
Tell that to the countless victims of Christian greed and intolerance. I don't hate Christianity for that - there would have been far more than enough of that to go around, even if Christianity had never come to be - but to pretend that all those horrible things didn't happen, or worse, didn't matter, is sickening. Humanity has paid an awful, awful price to get where we are. It's worth it, at least from a 20th century perspective, but I won't pretend that the result didn't require a huge amount of blood, sweat, and tears from people who never would have lived to see it in any case, and all too often were just slaughtered by other humans in some god's name. Especially since the name spoken by many of them was "Jesus Christ".
I also won't demean the cost all those countless millions of people paid (and are still paying!) by claiming, without the slightest shred of evidence, that they received de facto immortality from a god merely for happening to pick the right belief, and worse, that most of them suffer some kind of eternal punishment for having picked the wrong belief. That you see no problem in doing so is despicable.
Hell is for people who choose it. When a criminal goes to jail, we say that it was his choice to commit those crimes. We don't blame the builders of the prison or the person who ordered the prison to be built in the first place.
No crime is worth eternal punishment. I don't care if someone was the most evil, vicious, and wicked person in existence, who ate babies for breakfast and considered torture to be light entertainment. They still wouldn't deserve eternal punishment.
What you're suggesting by saying that people deserve hell (ala, eternal punishment) is the moral equivalent of saying that it's okay to torture someone while making sure they're constantly being healed so they don't accidentally die from it, and then doing it for countless lifetimes. It's hard to overstate just how sadistic that really is.