Additionally, I’ve never been able to soothe the quiet anger of my rationalistic side whenever I consider the possibility of a God who would punish someone with eternal suffering for the crime of refusing to submit to an authority that deliberately hides itself from its subjects. The lack of empirical evidence in support of the existence of heaven and hell only makes it all the…
Regardless of whether hell is eternal or not — with my beliefs aligned with ‘not’ — this characterization of the rationale for casting of people in hell by the Christian God totally is non-biblical.
In Christian Scriptures, people are cast into hell for destruction of their souls because sin was found in them.
What sins are we talking about here?
Stealing; Murder; Adultery (the only controversial one); Perjury or False Accusations; and Coveting of Others’ Property. All of these sins are recognized as ‘sins’ in every rational country all over the face of the Earth. Adultery used to be enforced as a sin most everywhere until television and movie theaters arrived, and then it was not.
In Christian Scriptures, no one is cast into hell because they refused to recognize Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Christianity is much misunderstood, mischaracterized, and maligned. If you would like to gain deep insights into essence of Christianity, insights that are developed with the sorts of questions you have in mind, I encourage you to visit my (Oghenovo Obrimah) Medium page and look up my Christian themed posts. I am not saying you definitely will agree with me. What I am saying is, you will arrive at a more accurate understanding of essence of Christianity.
My post on essence of Christianity might be a good place to start. My post, faith reasons discusses how it is faith is not dichotomous from reasoning or search for truth; shows the Christian God is interested in dialogue that revolves around reasoning, around search for truth. I am sure you will find my post on prayer a pleasant surprise.
If agnosticism is keeping of an open mind, the mind never can arrive at any closure if it only is fed with information from one side of the argument.