watchmakers guidedog wrote:
Let me just try to untangle your logic here.
Denying God = Atheism + Evil actions. = Hell
Accepting God = Theism + Good actions. = Heaven
Somewhat unconventional definitions, but certainly workable. And yet:
? = Atheism + Good actions = ?
? = Theism + Evil actions = ?
Personally, (and no one stone me for this) for the most part, I think that if you don't believe in God you're in trouble, no matter what you do. But I could be wrong. I would never condemn anyone for not believing and there are certainly enough people out there willing to convert atheists but I won't force my beliefs on you either. We are all entitled to our own beliefs and when I see all those atheists in heaven I will have to take back my statements.
Here is where it gets a little hairy...and confusing. (And sometimes I have very conflicting beliefs...I will be the first to recognize that.)
I guess it comes down to why...if you were raised atheist and you don't know anything else, how can you be blamed? I know that the chuch teaches that ignorance is not an excuse but I don't think God would condemn so many people because they were misinformed. According to Christians all other religions are wrong. And vice versa. So do I think that all atheists will go to hell regardless of action? No.
Secondly, even if you believe in God but are a bad person, I already said you are going to hell.
Does that make any more sense? I was raised Catholic and I have been struggling with my spirituality for some time. (not real thrilled with the Catholic church) I am trying to express the way I feel about this as best I can so if it doesn't make sense, I apologize.