Dinesh Dâ€™Souza has been on a roll in the wake of the murders at Virginia Tech. Heâ€™s on target as atheism doesnâ€™t address death. But, hereâ€™s the thing – Christianityâ€™s answer is a helluva lot worse than atheismâ€™s â€œnothingâ€.
Yes, Christianity prattles on about the immortality of the soul and how weâ€™re all not going to really die when we die. As it goes, our deaths are but minor bumps on the road called immortality. Each and everyone of us is immortal – by birth. Sounds like a good thing, eh? Well, that depends on if youâ€™re saved or not.
If youâ€™re saved – you go to Heaven, get issued a harp, some kneepads and life is perfect – for eternity.
If youâ€™re not saved – you go to Hell. There are no harps and your physical discomfort isnâ€™t just overlooked, but is a part of the plan. Hell is not just a place of punishment – but torture also.
(1) Hell was designed originally for Satan and his demons (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).
(2) Hell will also punish the sin of those who reject Christ (Matthew 13:41,50; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8).
(3) Hell is conscious torment.
- Matthew 13:50 â€œfurnace of fireâ€¦weeping and gnashing of teethâ€
- Mark 9:48 â€œwhere their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenchedâ€
- Revelation 14:10 â€œhe will be tormented with fire and brimstoneâ€
(4) Hell is eternal and irreversible.
- Revelation 14:11 â€œthe smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever and they have no rest day and nightâ€
- Revelation 20:14 â€œThis is the second death, the lake of fireâ€
- Revelation 20:15 â€œIf anyoneâ€™s name was not found written in the book of life,
Of course, Christians have a long history of hating each other with a passion that almost rivals their longtime hatred of Jews. Various groups have routinely condemned other Christian sects to hell and some continue to do so if more quietly than in the past.
So, what would a Christian say to a grieving mother? It depends on the brand the speaker belongs to but the generic consensus is â€œif your child died without being a member of my religion and/or my specific sect – theyâ€™re in Hell being tortured.Â Can I get you anything? A drink, perhaps?â€.
Perhaps Iâ€™m getting soft these days, but that sounds a bit more nastier than â€œnothingâ€.