why do you think gays aren't going to hell?
Usually I don’t get into religious debates but since you asked so nicely I am going to answer this one.
First I would have to believe in the concept of hell and I do not. Second the words used in the Christian bible that are translated to refer to hell aren’t correct translations. In Hebrew the words often used are Sheol and Hades which means place of the departed souls - the grave or abode of the dead. In Greek the word is Gehenna. Which means the valley of the son of Hinnom. This is was a place outside of Jerusalem where people sacrificed their children to the god Moloch and was considered cursed. There were also sacrifices to other gods as well. The bible( English) relies on the Anglo Saxon word hell.
Also the gospel accounts of the crucifixion do not match. According to Matthew 27:1 it was the day after the Passover. Mark 14:1 says it was two days after the Passover. Luke 22:1 says the last day of the Passover while John 18:39 says it was the day of the Passover. You may have to read a few verses before and after the scripture references but it is there.
Those reasons alone are enough to convince me that the concept of hell is a made up one, one that has been used to control people for centuries. What better way to motivate people to do what you want them to do then to instill in them a fear of being eternally tortured?
If you do believe in the bible let me ask you this one question. Why did a loving and all knowing God create the devil in the first place? According to the scriptures he is a fallen angel but if God knows all things then he would have to be aware of his imminent disgrace. That would mean that God was well aware of all the pain and suffering and every evil thing the devil would do to the human race and was okay with it. I know the argument that Christ came suffered and was crucified for our sins to make a way for us to escape hell. Why would a loving God put the entire human race through that being fully aware that there would be people who would never accept Christ’s sacrifice? If God is love as the scriptures say how exactly is this world a representation of that love? Why do the people who claim to follow him focused on every negative thing in this world ? Where is their representation of love? Why is it instead of hearing about God’s love, do I constantly hear about what I shouldn’t do? Why isn’t the love of God being magnified over the wrong that some people do? Even Christ said that if I be lifted up, I will draw all men to me. I hear all the time love the sinner but hate the sin. I am sure that makes them feel better but when they start trying to control everyone and every law, then the lack of love is obvious. Christ didn’t control the government, he actually said render unto Cesar the things that are Cesar’s. The entire bible is based on the principal that God is love and yet doesn’t not force anyone to follow him. Everyone has free will. The face of Christianity today looks so far removed even from the standard English bible teachings that Jesus himself would probably have trouble recognizing it.
The bottom line for me is this. I believe we have a tendency to assign very human thinking to a God that is suppose to be far above us on every level. I think it makes life easier when people feel as though they have all the answers.
Christianity has one book that they are supposed to follow and yet there are many different branches of Christianity. When all Christians can come together and unite on their interpretations of this one book then and only then will I consider their interpretations.
I have nothing against Christians as far as religion and the right to worship goes. I do have a problem with it when my rights as a human being are called into question because of someone’s belief.