Questions For Christians #1

So, I thought I’d start the month with a new blogging series; questions for Christians. Where I discuss religion and ask questions about various topics.

Topic: Heaven.

The place in the Bible that is supposedly free from all negative things – but also comes with a whole lot of problems. I have some questions for anyone who believes in the Bible.

Firstly, how could you possibly be happy in Heaven if your friends and family are in Hell? Do you actually care? Or does God just erase them from your memory?

Wouldn’t it be boring if everyone was ‘perfect’ in Heaven? If everyone can do exactly the same things then that means that no-one is unique.

What is the definition of ‘perfect’ anyway? If it means ‘free from sin’ then all in-animate objects are perfect!

Isn’t an eternity a long time? In an eternity everything that can be accomplished will be accomplished, leaving you with an infinite amount of pointless, meaningless existence.

Can you leave Heaven? And what if you want to be a God yourself? If the answer is that you cannot be a God, then I have another question: Heaven is a place where you become perfect and are supposed to be happy, then why would there be rules that you are unhappy with?

Do you exist up there only to worship your God? If so, your existence is pointless. If God needs to be worshiped, then he is hardly ‘perfect’, and if he only wants to be worshiped, it makes him sound like a tyrannical dictator.

Do the laws of reality even apply? With no illness and the inability to get injured, it seems as though Physics and reality don’t apply.

99% of people won’t get into Heaven. Why? Because everyone has broken at least one of the commandments. And if lying, stealing and murdering can be forgiven, why not a lack of belief?

Does God allow only good, moral people into Heaven, or just anyone who is a Christian? Life is not a test because he already knows what is going to happen, so punishing his creations for his own mistakes is illogical.

So those are just a few questions that either Atheists can use in debates to show the weaknesses and questions surrounding Heaven, or religious people can answer in the comments. I am hoping to get a few answers, just to see what different people think about it.

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10 thoughts on “Questions For Christians #1

  1. You had mis-understood the Catholic notion of Heaven as a state of seeing God as He is. There is also an unclear understanding of “perfection” and “happiness” of those in Heaven. For example, if one has already seen God as He is and supposing that God is the perfection of one’s happiness, how come the same person would feel a lack of happiness due to the absence of creaturely loved ones (e.g. parents, siblings, etc). While it is true that mercy will abound for them, the happiness will still be perfect. Indeed, this kind of happiness is way beyond our current notion since in Heaven, there are many other things that “our eyes has not seen”.

    There is also a mis-understanding of “worship” as if needed by God. God does not need to be worshiped in order to have glory. In fact, we creatures need to worship God because it is our nature as creatures to worship. Without it, we cannot fulfill our very nature. Those who refuse to worship the one true God are like plants who refuse to photosynthesize.

    Finally, we are all sinners. We go to Heaven as sinners, forgiven sinners. Sainthood is the term for those who have seen God face to face after death, not being sinless. Furthermore, forgiveness is granted (“grace”) by God so that we become pure and holy as we enter the “gates” of Heaven, not because of what we did or do but because of our very nature as human beings, of what we are (“made in His image”).

    It seems you wish for a rational discourse on God and the Faith. Why don’t you comment on a very rational exposition of the Christian Faith by St. Thomas Aquinas? http://www.newadvent.org/summa/1.htm

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    • So basically you’re saying that it doesn’t matter who is in Hell, because the happiness of being there will cancel-out everything else?

      What evidence is there that humans must ‘worship’ something? Atheists get on just fine without praying to and bowing down to a divine being. Children do not need to worship things, nor did ancient humans who lived before the time of religion. I suppose it comes down to your definition of the word ‘worship’.

      So basically everybody is doomed because some people took dietary advice from a talking snake. Regardless of whether you accept a literal meaning of the story, why can’t people ask for forgiveness once they have died? If God really wants everybody in Heaven then he really should consider that option.
      It might seem to defeat the purpose, but getting infinite forgiveness to begin defeats the purpose too.

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      • Good points here. However, one must first think that everything created undergoes development. Thus, development even for every Man is important. Let’s think of it as going from birth to infancy to adolescence to adulthood. A God that allows all these phases to happen must be a good God!

        Thus, forgiveness after death spoils the development and true fulfillment cannot be achieved. Forgiveness in THIS LIFE and reward in the AFTERLIFE does not defeat the purpose of growth and development and of the very nature of human beings. Thus, while God really wants everybody in Heaven, God also wants everybody to will (read: freedom) to get there. As a consequence of the will (want) to go to Heaven with God, moral actions become its consequence. Typically, everyone wants to go to heaven. But this will is weakened by the fear to hold up to its consequence of morality (either by morality itself or by peers).

        Indeed, it all comes down to the word “worship” when it comes to the need of creatures to worship. From the latin word “latria” it means to offer the greatest good one to the being (God). This literally means destroying the ultimate good that you possess in front of a being (God) — in a short word: “sacrifice”. Indeed, this has been done in the ancient civilizations even before and during Moses and the Christian era (as literature and anthropology would show us) when they did many sacrifices from animals (pagans in Rome) to humans (Aztec culture / http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_sacrifice_in_Aztec_culture) to infants (Molec).

        Bowing and praying are parts of “worship” indeed, but they are inferior to sacrificial worship (“latria”) that our nature requires. In fact, they are not technically worship but “dulia” or honor which is naturally a consequence of latria. Dulia does not necessarily require latria.

        I have a feeling that atheists consider themselves their own god. Perhaps even Science as god because many atheists are willing to die for the sake of Science rather than Truth. Plato, died for Truth, not for Science.

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        • God wants everyone to go to Heaven, but likewise wants them to believe in and worship him, why is the belief part necessary anyway?

          The definition of worship is ‘to show admiration and reverence for a deity’ (sources include Wikipedia, The Free Dictionary.com and Oxford Dictionaries) If you go by this definition, humans do not all automatically worship something, however if worship is just defined as showing admiration and reverence to something, everybody ‘worships’ multiple things.

          Some atheists may consider themselves Gods, but I think that the claim is not credible. Believing in your own abilities is all well and good, but claiming that you are a divine being – or at least greater than everybody else – shows arrogance, unless of course the claim is backed up by decent evidence.
          Having great respect and admiration for science is not necessarily a bad thing; science is our way of understanding the world and explaining the universe and all of it’s mysteries.

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          • Exactly, gods.

            The new definitions does not deny the argument using the ancient notion of “latria”. All the examples given are “dulia” at best.

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            • According to Wikipedia, the definition of the word ‘latria’ is “adoration, a reverence directed only to the Holy Trinity. Latria carries an emphasis on the internal form of worship, rather than external ceremonies.” Which is still a type of worship and is similar to today’s definition of the word ‘worship’.

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              • Indeed. But if there is no sacrifice in an act of worship, that does not count as latria. Hence, simple bow may not be counted as latria but a lower form of adoration or honor.

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              • The definition does not discount external expression of the act but only puts emphasis on the internal act. Hence is like giving gift: the gift is necessary external expression of love or gratitude, but it is the thought that counts.

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