“Objections to Faith” by David Spikes (12 yrs. old)
Sometimes people have objections about Christianity, such as “a loving God would never send people to hell,” or “since evil and suffering exist, a good God cannot,” or “miracles contradict science, so they cannot exist.”
One objection is that a loving God would never send people to Hell. Though Hell exists, it doesn’t mean that God sends people there. People have a choice whether to go to Heaven or Hell. It all depends on whether you accept God or not. If you don’t accept God right off the bat and then all of the sudden die, it doesn’t mean that you’ll be sent to Hell. It says in the Bible, whoever repents God is willing to save. The main consequence of not accepting God into your heart is forever separation from God in Hell. Though Hell is the worst punishment possible, it is not covered in flames and unimaginably hot. When it mentions flames in Hell in the bible, it is speaking figuratively. In the Bible it says how Jesus arrived surrounded by flames, with a sword in his mouth. To arrive with a sword in his mouth means that he used very powerful words (and I don’t mean that his words had super powers). Hell is
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supposed to be a place of darkness anyway. Flames would light things up. Again, God doesn’t send people to Hell; they have the choice to go there. The only sin that could get you into Hell is not accepting God, slamming the door in His face, and mocking Him.
Another commonly suggested objection is that, if evil and suffering exist, a good God cannot. I’m going to start out with an example. If you were to help your child along the way with everything they do, they wouldn’t exactly learn anything. They would end up being 34 and still living with their mother. In another situation, if you come across a bear caught in a bear trap the good thing to do would be to help it get free. You want to help but it tries to kill you every time you get close because it’s afraid. Then you shoot in with a tranquilizer dart and now it really thinks you’re out to get him. You then have to push his leg farther into the trap to release the trap. The bear would be thinking, “Why are you making me suffer?”…
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