I have a friend, he and his wife are Atheists. He once told me because of the fact that I believe in Heaven and Hell that that makes me judgmental and a hater.
Then I ran across Cipher's blog. I believe he frequents "Debunking Christianity". His "about me" thingy has this to say: "the doctrine of salvific exclusivism is the vilest belief ever concocted in the history of our civilization. Some of my earliest memories are of televangelists threatening me with eternal damnation for not believing something that I seem to be inherently incapable of believing. I reject absolutely the notion that someone can be willing to abandon for all of eternity billions of his or her fellow human beings, yet somehow still be considered a good person".
Before I ask my question I'd like to first make a few points. #1. I never understood why Christianity is considered "exclusive". Anyone can become a Christian. Young, old, black, white, Jew, Gentile, male, female, disabled, able body, handsome, pretty ugly, butt ugly, small sinner or great sinner. It just doesn't matter, all are welcomed. #2. Who says were "good"? #3. I can "reject" the idea that my mechanic billed me $500.00 to fix my brakes. Just cause I don't like the idea of highway robbery doesn't change the fact that I owe him $500.00. And #4. If Hell is real, and you know we Christians at least think it is, (that's why you call us delusional) shouldn't we warn you that it's a bad place? Wouldn't it be mean not to tell you?
Also like many other Believers I don't like the idea of Hell either. I don't bring it up often. Mainly because I believe God will do what is right. Wherever and or however we end up will be deserved.
But here's my main concern. I really don't want to be offensive toward anyone or have anyone think I hate them. But I can't understand why everything about Christianity is a joke except the idea of Hell. You don't believe in God or the Devil. Angels or Demons. If I ask "why don't you believe in God" you'll answer "same reason we don't believe in tooth fairies, unicorns, leprechauns or magic fairy dust. So if you don't believe in Heaven or Hell, why is this so offensive?
Thanks for reading, feeno