Bella Dea wrote:
So basically God is saying... "do what I say or you will burn for eternity in Hell"
Hell exists because :
One of God's angels, Lucifer, thought he was better than God and challenged him, along with some other angels. God cast him out of heaven and Hell was created.
We are "allowed" to go to Hell because God gave us free will. The ability to choose whether we serve God or fight Him. If we accept Him, we will go to heaven. If we deny Him, we go to Hell.
This is where this theology breaks down.
I choose to go to Heaven (or at least to avoid hell). I also choose to do the things that make my life enjoyable and meaningful... even though this goes against the Bible.
Now there is the strange variant of "accepting Jesus" with grace and faith and all that. But, this is an inherent contradiction.
I did accept Jesus (I was converted twice... once when I was 12). So, now that I am agnostic and don't even make an attempt to continue my once religious life... am I still covered? (This is an issue of debate amoung the Protestant denominations.)
Can I accept Jesus... and still enter a civil union with the same sex partner that I love? Is it heaven or hell for me in this case?
But anyway... "do what I say or suffer a horrible fate"... is not free will. Heck, people in Stalinist Russia had this kind of "free will". You were free think, say, write whatever you wanted... if you didn't mind being tortured and sent to a prison work camp.
This part of Christianity has always been a big problem.