I do find it interesting that people can actually pick the Bible, read it, study it, and come to the conclusion that Jesus was a created being, an angelic being(jehovah witnesses), or a mere prophet, or mere teacher (muslims, atheists)
I also find it interesting that people can actually look at the world around them, study it, and come to the conclusion that an un-intelligent designer/god built it.
In Luke chapter 16 a parable is given about a person who dies ‘unconvinced’ and requests that God give more evidence....(ultimately it is because of the condition of their heart, not because of lacking evidence)
Luke 16:31: 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'"(the evidence is MORE than convincing)
And, as Leadfoot has pointed out, in the book of revelation, ppl will Rebel against God and make war, even after 1,000 years of Christ rule/reign on earth (convinced they can win!) bahahaha right?! I would ask Why?!
So yes, ppl who commit murder and treat their brothers and sisters horribly will enter heavens gates before someone like yourself, who is ‘unconvinced’....and is self-righteous, claiming they are a ‘good’ person in their own eyes. When in reality, inGods eyes, there is no such thing as a Good Person. (Except Christ)
Romans 3:23 ‘for all have sinned’
Such ppl like murderers, who will enter A heavenly, peaceful society are ‘transformed’ into a new being...in other words they repent. They turn 180 degrees and never look back to their old way of life of sinful behaviour. They practice Gods laws, they allow God to write those laws on their hearts.
You say it is ‘silly’ that God payed the price for humanity breaking Gods laws....
In Matthew chapter 18 an example of someone who owed an absurd amount of debt to a king, an unpayable debt really...and it was ‘paid for’ by the king himself.
Such a scenario is not ‘silly’ at all, and similar earthly scenarios occur all the time.
Christ ‘payed the price’ for us on the cross.
Humanities rebelliousness and breaking Gods laws puts us into debt. The bail to get out of jail is unpayable to the king (God). So, he pays for it, with his life, instead of ours!😍
And yes, it is terrible that history is littered with the ‘church’ going on crusades....and still do....believing they possess Gods truth, and go into the world Wreaking havoc instead of building ppl up.
Just as the true church today ‘promotes destructive evolutionary teachings.’
One question would be, were the crusaders the ‘TRUE church’ being deceived, or a fake church like Catholics or Jehovah witness? Were these crusaders truly Gods ppl (deceived into a foolish idea) or wolves in sheeps clothing?
And, you say God is ‘holding punishment over ours heads’ and manipulating ppl with the fear of jail/isolation/hell.
I tell my children the reality of jail if they choose wrong, and REBEL. And even I, their loving Father, may sadly have to choose to put them there if they continue to live lawlessly. But I will do anything to keep them from going to such a place! Sound familiar?
Remember, the universe Exists so humanity can exist, so God can have a family, and relationships with people. So simple.