Originally Posted by ckblv
So, for all you non-believers out there, do you really honestly think that this is all a product of a random Big Bang?
Can you watch a baby being born and think there is not a God somewhere?
Do you think that Life itself is just an accident.
Honestly? Yes. I think life is precious and fascinating and exciting, but I cannot accept that there is a plan for it. I don't understand why bad things happen to good people, or why my good friends who have been TTC for the past seven years don't have a baby when there are people out there putting their kids in microwaves, or how people can envision a plan in something that seems so inherently chaotic to me. I know that believers will say these bad things happen because humans were given a choice, but that just seems like such a pithy, cold reason for such unspeakable acts of violence and outrage.
I have a hard time with the dictates of faith that say there is a place we go after this life, and that depending on what we do here on earth, that place will either be great or terrible, because to me it gives the impression that what we do here doesn't matter quite so much because it's the next life (afterlife) that's important. Yes, what we do here matters insofar as it gets us into heaven or hell, but otherwise our time on earth is basically just a great big test. I prefer to believe that my time here on earth, however short, is what matters; that this isn't a test, or a dress rehearsal, or just some kind of build-up to something better.
I also have a hard time accepting that a god who would cast us into hell for all eternity for not believing in him -- and once you're in hell, so far as I can tell, you have no hope of redemption -- is somehow supposed to be a loving god. I also don't understand how (in some aspects of the Christian faith) what you do in life doesn't
matter so long as, before you die, you make an honest act of contrition. So, basically, a convicted child rapist who set nuns on fire could, on his deathbed, honestly beg forgiveness and be sent to heaven, but if an honest, hard-working, totally decent and good
person were to die suddenly in a plane crash without
asking forgiveness for whatever minor things they did, they go to hell. (This being my admittedly uneducated understanding of such things, mind you.) It makes no sense to me.