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Why, they ask, would a god who wants love to be freely given threaten us with hell, even if it existed? But that is a different article. Philosophers and neuroscientists debate whether free will is real or merely and adaptive illusion. Human reproduction is designed as a big funnel. Christian believers, ironically, would be a 1 to 2 percent minority even if all 30,plus denominations of believers actually made it in.
The theological implications are huge. Christian theologians typically explain evil by arguing that this was the best of all possible worlds, the only way to create free will and to develop moral virtues like courage, compassion, forgiveness and so forth , to make us more Christ-like and prepare us for Heaven.
The ratio of adults to embryos has social implications as well. Pastoral counselors sometimes tell a women she will get to apologize in Heaven to the fetus she aborted, which will be a fully developed person there.
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The company of Mr. Robertson starts sounding not so bad. Gems and streets of gold define heavenly wealth and beauty. Our desperate, goat-herding Iron Age ancestors may have yearned for the trappings of royalty. They may have heard rumors of the gold and jewels amassed by Pharaohs or kings or tribal warlords and wished the same for themselves. Both greed and inequality are timeless, and the story of King Midas has played out in countless variations over the millennia.
So, the fascination of the Bible writers with gold and precious stones is understandable. Their gem-encrusted paradise is the product of limited imagination, an inability to dream beyond the arts, technologies, and mythologies of their own culture. Take your pick of sadism or ignorance. Some theologians have argued that witnessing the torment of the damned will be one of the joys of paradise.
When they shall see how miserable others of their fellow creatures are, who were naturally in the same circumstances with themselves; when they shall see the smoke of their torment, and the raging of the flames of their burning, and hear their dolorous shrieks and cries, and consider that they in the meantime are in the most blissful state, and shall surely be in it to all eternity; how will they rejoice!
Many Christians, to be fair, find this thought horrifying, and some teach universal salvation or that evildoers are simply annihilated. What do the faithful do in Heaven?
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The same thing the angels do. They worship God and sing his praises. The writer of Revelation even offers us a sample song. Korea, where the incessant praise music and propaganda were required and all-pervasive, I sometimes wonder if the dynastic leaders there somehow lifted a page from an older playbook. It has been said that the only god worthy of worship is one who neither wants nor needs it.
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What are we to think of a deity who creates the earth and her inhabitants—in fact the entire universe—so a few bipedal primates, most of whom were never born, can spend an afterlife in this posture of praise and adulation? Most of us would prefer to live longer than the time allotted to us. I remember not feeling percent ready to ask this undead man, with his holey extremities, to dwell inside me. My father laid his hand on my shoulder. So I repeated after them, inviting Jesus into my bosom.
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And then, for years afterward, I lay awake half the night, fearful of my own heartbeat, worried about what the savior might be doing in there. Unlike the kids I met at church, I obsessed over the fiery pits of hell, not the pearly gates of heaven. View all New York Times newsletters. Beneath the regular-guy varnish, though, lie some troubling evangelical tropes and veiled judgment.
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You need to pay him. The implicit message is: Never mind health- insurance reform and other things of this world; just give all your cares to Jesus! He had to! If my parents had maintained a unified catechism, I might have wound up more like Colton. But my mother started speaking in tongues and casting out demons and then founded her own church, and my father, a more mainline evangelical, eventually divorced her, denouncing her as a fanatic.
This schism began to underscore for me the arbitrariness of religious conviction, but even so, I loved my mother with a ferocious intensity and wanted her to be right. I wanted to see what she saw. She was visited by angels. Because I doubted, she said.
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Uncertainty about connections between the brain and the spirit world stretches back millenniums, perhaps to the beginning of human evolution, but almost certainly to prehistoric societies, which used a primitive kind of surgery to open the skull. Contemporary neurologists have sophisticated ways to explain away the uncanny. No matter how much we learn, the vision science offers — of ourselves and of the universe — will always be incomplete and consequently imperfect. Stories of gods, angels and rainbow horses will persist in the gaps. As a child, I repented for my doubt.
Had a boogieman under my bed. Putting crazy thoughts inside my head. Later in the song, we dig in to the concept of shame. In my evangelical background, I understood both to be necessary in order to teach us to do better things in the future. Despite evolving my religious beliefs, this attitude followed me into adulthood — to friendships, romantic relationships, and work. It lets us pretend we can avoid pain in the future by not making that same mistake again. But doing so makes the world smaller and smaller, as we try to police ourselves into a space where we are safe.
There, we have decision paralysis, no autonomy, and still never quite feel safe. Now, Kesha mentions bad decisions.
Our mistakes, from minor to major, can haunt us. As an introvert, I spend a lot of time in my own head, analyzing social situations. But Kesha moves past the mistake and on to the result. Pain produces character. W hy a good God would allow suffering is a question I had trouble answering as a Christian.
But on days when I have little to no faith in a supernatural being, I can see the potential for beauty coming out of pain.