I still believe in God but I feel very lost and insecure. People and religions say you should love God, but I do not understand how I could love someone who would put me into hell for eternity based on what I believe about Jesus, even though God knows my situation and knows that I could never be sure about which belief is true.
I do not want to lose my faith and I do not want to not have a chance of going to heaven either and so we must do what we can to try to find answers. In one of your responses you said that no matter how much you have sinned, if you repent and believe Jesus is your savior you will still go to heaven.
So on judgment day if I was to see very bad people who have repented and been saved, and if I was a very good person who always believed in God and never did bad things, only small mistakes that we all do and I go to hell being a much better person, then where is the just, merciful, understanding and loving God that I used to know and believe in? It looks as if Christianity shows an easy way out for Christians and makes it impossible for everybody else. I don't like the thought of this as it does not sound fair and at the same time it sounds scary since I am a Muslim.
If God was to toss a coin and ask you "heads or tails? If you are correct you go to heaven, but if you are wrong then you go to hell", then would you see this as a fair way of deciding who goes to heaven and hell? Of course you wouldn't but when you think about it, you have a much better chance this way since it is fifty-fifty. In real life it isn't fifty-fifty between Muslims and Christians, there are more religions too. Knowing that God has the power to do anything, both religions would be possible in terms of who Jesus really was.
I feel insecure but it is not something that can be ignored. My eternal life and all of ours is at stake. Now before you reply, instead of listing more contradictions in the Qur'an and trying to persuade me that your religion is correct, if you could just think what if YOU were born into a Muslim family and it was ME who was born into a Christian family, then who would be correct?
Who would go to heaven and hell then? I was born into this game without a choice where if I win I have nothing to gain Heaven is unneeded if one does not exist but if I lose than I have everything to lose. When there are so many murderers, rapists, people who do not believe in God at all, so many people who do not deserve to go to heaven, why is it that somebody who believes in God should burn for eternity just because they didn't correctly guess the right religion?
People are going to be eternally punished for being unlucky. Why should I be one of those who end ups burning forever for a reason so unreasonable and for something not in my hands as you notice nearly all people raised in a family of a particular religion would stick to it and if I was to think about changing religions I am tossing up between a chance of guaranteed hell and a chance of guaranteed hell.
Nothing feels as bad as living blindly, knowing you might go to hell no matter how good you are as a person all because of something that is not in your hands as you can never know for sure what is right. I cannot accept something like this but cannot do anything about it. God is supposed to be fair but I do not see any fairness in this. If God understands our situation then why doesn't God forgive us for the incorrect belief of Jesus a lot of us have?
I am not saying which is right and wrong. Thank you for reading, I really hope to get a reply from you and I really do not know what sort of reply to expect for something like what I wrote. There are so many little questions in my writing and you probably will not have the time to answer it all in detail and I do not know how helpful any reply would be keeping in mind that even the good go to hell but I would really like a reply not only for me but for all the people who visit www.
If I had a choice right now to die and never come back, I would choose that than to go on with this and have a high chance of ending up in hell. Nothing is worth the risk of eternal pain. It is not our fault that there are so many religions to choose from that sound right. Thank you for having the website to give people the opportunity to express themselves and ask questions. Thank you so much for taking the time to write and articulating your views so clearly.
Is God Unfair to Those Raised in Other Faiths?
I really appreciate your question, as I can see you're truly seeking answers and not wanting to just debate some point. I appreciate those people who are just seeking the truth. Let me see if I can restate what you have asked so we can take focus on each pertinent point. First we both agree on several points:. So, basically, your question boils down to this "If God is a loving God as well as a just God, then how can He send people to hell just because they were born into one religious system instead of another?
First of all, I'd like to point out that the premise as it is stated above is wrong. God does not send people to hell because they don't believe in Christianity. Let me emphasize that again because it is a major point of confusion to many people.
No one has been sent to hell because they don't believe in Jesus. Hell is a place of punishment and people are punished because they've done wrong. In other words, the only reason people go to hell is because they've broken God's law. It is not as you stated, "somebody who believes in God should burn for eternity just because they didn't correctly guess the right religion? Think about it this way. If God is holy, righteous, and just then He cannot let wrongdoing go unpunished. It would not be just to let sin pass without executing a proper judgment.
Any judge who allows a crime to go unpunished is not an honorable judge - he would in fact be considered unjust and unfit for the job. God, as a totally righteous being, cannot let even one sin pass unpunished. He must be just, that is his nature. Every man will be held accountable for any act of disobedience against God's law. Now, it is true that by such a standard no one can survive God's wrath. We are all guilty of doing and thinking wrong things.
However, God is not only a just God, He is a gracious and merciful God, too. So He provides a way that we can escape this judgment by allowing that Jesus takes our punishment for us. Jesus is like the close relative who sees you have a debt you cannot pay, so He pays the debt instead of you. Once your debt is paid, you are considered clean before God and can now have fellowship with Him.
God maintains his righteousness and justice while still showing His grace and mercy.
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In your letter you wrote that this kind of arrangement feels arbitrary - a kind of luck of the draw like a coin toss. You say, "People are going to be eternally punished for being unlucky. It is not by luck that we stand before God guilty, it is our own actions that condemn us. However, as I pointed out above, God does provide a way for us to escape that punishment. God must punish sin but allows Jesus to be our substitute, taking that punishment in our stead. But we are required to accept that substitution in order for it to be effective. It is like the person who has a fatal disease being offered a new vaccine that holds their cure.
The patient must give permission for the doctors to administer the vaccine before it can save him from death and pain. If the patient refuses the vaccine - if he doesn't believe it will save him - he will die. Again, that is not luck, but a choice made by the patient.
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You wrote that "Nothing feels as bad as living blindly, knowing you might go to hell no matter how good you are as a person all because of something that is not in your hands as you can never know for sure what is right. What you believe is directly under your control. You are not beholden to any belief simply because you were born into a specific culture or faith tradition.
Further, you are not obligated to "live blindly". God has given you at least two tools; your ability to reason and your ability to research.
You wrote, "Instead of listing more contradictions in the Qur'an and trying to persuade me that your religion is correct, if you could just think what if YOU were born into a Muslim family and it was ME who was born into a Christian family, then who would be correct? The idea that Islam is true for you because you come from an Islamic culture while Christianity is true for me because I come from a Christian culture is where your error lies.
Truth is always true, no matter if a specific culture recognizes it or not. Let me give you another example. Throughout most civilizations, health practitioners believed that illnesses were caused by an imbalance of what they termed "humors" in the body. Our customer care will send you specific instructions on how to ship the return package s to the retailer s.
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