Bryan Fischer says that God sent Christopher Hitchens to Hell as a demonstration of his true love for him.
Really? What kind of thinking is THAT? Spoiled children get what they want when they "insist" on having something by throwing a tantrum. Loving parents will resist spoiling their kids, and give them a sense of proportion - a much more valuable lesson.
Christopher Hitchens was not throwing tantrums, of course. He was using free thought to deny the tyranny that god(s) represent. If he was wrong, and he has been despatched to hell, it's certainly NOT out of love, but vengeance. Any loving deity would recognise that Christopher Hitchens was motivated by the will to see right done here on earth, which is more than can be said of many of his self-proclaimed followers. A just god would allow Christopher into heaven on that basis. His fundamentalist followers should have more to worry about.
All just hot air, though, as there is no god, and there is no heaven.
Things like this always take me right back to Tim Minchins wonderful Storm...
This guy's sick puppy - hateful, ignorant, puritan dogmatic BS. This insanity has been pervading human culture for way too long.
His little rant was based on the condition 'If the scriptures mean anything'. What, other than they're the failed understanding of the world of a bronze aged culture that never achieved anything other that being conquoured repeatively for thousands of years?
FAIL, Bryan Fischer!
Sent to Hell as an act of love? Really? Lets look at that for a second. Hitch (or anyone) wasn't defiant of God in the sense of just not wanting to have anything to do with him. Rather he didn't believe he was real. So he lived and died under the consideration that there was no Heaven or Hell. Now a all knowing loving God would be able to look into us and see that if we did believe, where we would have wanted to go after death. So under that consideration, God could say that if he did believe, or if presented with evidence that he was real, he would have wanted to go to X. Considering this, I'm sure most would favor the option other than eternal torture. However, lets look at the claim that God gives us exactly what you wanted. As an Atheist, I expect to simply not exist. Since I reject the notion of an afterlife, nonexistence is what I expect and have made peace with. So a loving God that give you what you want wouldn't send an Atheist to Hell because 'that's what he wanted', but would rather send you to neither Heaven or Hell and simply allow you to fade from existence.
The scriptures don't mean anything- they are nonsense- nonsense written by primitive, uneducated, misogynistic, racist men.
And this man's god is a terrible being- and, ultimately, I think it is merely a reflection of pure crap, intolerance, and hatred in this man's head and heart.
I certainly hope that this mean-spirited psychotic is shown the same measure of gods' "love". People like this lunatic are lucky that hell doesn't exist as they would be charter members.
The key phrase here is "if the scriptures mean anything". And of course, they ultimately don't.Just by the by, Bryan Fischer is a nasty, anti-LGBT hate-spouting bigot, in addition to his other nonsensical proclamations.
This is really scary - they can justify anything. Why do so many Christians insist on believing that atheism is a rejection or hatred of god rather than a natural assumption that, given the evidence, none exist. I would like to write to him and ask if his lack of belief in Allah and rejection of all things Muslim means he hates Allah and so would be happy to go to Hell if the Muslims are right? Of course neither are right but the fact that so many people truly believe they are right and still worship a god that would do that makes me feel so sick and sad. :(
I'm pretty sure Hitch didn't believe in hell, either.
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