A grown man cannot figure it out, yet we are supposed to have faith as a little child.
Well i am a grown man and i have figured it out and apparently many around the world have to.
Reason is the capacity for logical, rational, and analytic thought (what would a human being be without it?). To understand is to have a comprehensible grasp of knowledge. Since there is no proof that heaven or hell exist, there is no logical, rational, or analytical reason to believe them. Therefore, the only way to believe them is to purposely abandon reason.
You do not have to abandon reason to believe, you are trying to come at this being wise in your own eyes thinking you can exalt you wisdom above the most high. Your wisdom and your logic can not even come close to the wisdom of God and instead of taking scripture completely out of context with one sentence or one verse with out the context to support it I will give you the context and the scripture to back up what i am talking about.
Religion claims authority simply by saying so. (“Its in the
[insert religious writ of choice here
] so it must be so.
”) Based upon literature of a book written in the Bronze Age, it supports only the contents of that same book. It is nowhere evident in the real world in which we actually live. Since there is no proof (you can cite none whatsoever), then of course, you must abondon reason, for there is no reasoning to be grasped.
The Bible itself has laid down the criteria for proving whether a "god" is real (in I Kings 18:19-39), and then demonstrated the punishment for those who teach about false gods. The "god" in question has to prove its existence through demonstrable actions in our world (yes, the real world in which we actually live). The reason that Ahab's people were supposed to believe in God rather than Baal is because, on command, God proved his existence. Baal did nothing. The fact that Baal did nothing proved that he did not exist. What happened to the prophets of the false god Baal? Predictably, they were slaughtered in verse 40.
The Bible that we have is provably incorrect and is obviously the work of primitive men rather than a god. God has never left any physical evidence of his existence on earth anywhere, ever. None of Jesus' "miracles" left any physical evidence on earth anywhere, ever. And there is no more reason to believe it than there is to believe that a hobbit helped to slay a dragon. Even by the Bible's own criteria, God fails to be God.
“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” - I Thessalonians 5:21
If you believe in God, you have chosen to reject Allah, Vishnu, Buddha, Waheguru and all of the thousands of other gods that other people worship today. It is quite likely that you rejected these other gods without ever looking into their religions or reading their books. You simply absorbed the dominant faith in your home or in the society you grew up in. You, too, are atheist... toward Allah, Vishnu, Buddha, Baal, et al.
"I contend that we are both atheist. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
" - Stephen F. Roberts
Religion, with all its tenets, rules and absolutes, seeks to retain only the status quo. Religion does not seek understanding; it seeks the control of understanding. Religion does not seek conscience; it seeks dictation. Just 25 years ago, physicians believed that talking about sexual abuse could do more harm to the victim than good. Where would any of us be if this was rigidly upheld? Where would this site be?
Religion cannot change lest it loses its self-claimed "authority" on truth. Changes in knowledge and understanding make the evolution of values necessary. Spirituality seeks growth of understanding. Outdated notions and irrelevant laws do not promote the growth of understanding anything.
Religion is dependent upon hierarchal authority in its structure, dependent upon subservience and obedience, regardless of the personalities of kindly old men or aggressive dictators. Church is a political body, thats why its capitalized. No one speaks of separation of spirituality and State because spirituality does not seek (nor does it need) to create a State.