First, let me make a few things clear to avoid a bunch of misunderstandings.
- I am an atheist and antitheist. This means I do not believe in any deity, including Jesus, and so don’t really believe my own title.
- I do not hate Christianity more than any other type of theism. I am writing this post primarily in response to Higghawker who has repeatedly posted scripture on my site, presumably with the intent of converting me. It is my hope to redirect all such replies to this topic and leave non-religious topics free of mythological influence.
- I believe it is highly unlikely that Jesus ever existed as a human being.
So, why the title? Well, in my place and time, I have had more Christians attempt to convert me than other religions. Further, as far as I know, alone among religions in current practice, Christianity has the concept of Hell. I have had some Christians dispute this with me. However, most Christians believe in a Hell where sinners and non-believers go for eternity.
And here, is the crux (so to speak) of this issue for me. If Jesus loves me, why would he send me to Hell? Isn’t sending someone to burn and scream in pain and agony in a place of ultimate suffering with no hope for eventual reprieve for all of eternity until the end of time itself, the very definition of hatred? If one can believe in any of this crap, isn’t Jesus therefore the ultimate grudge holder? And, if Jesus holds this ultimate and eternal grudge for simply not believing in him, isn’t he also a narcissistic bastard?
I also feel it is rather capricious of Jesus to lump both sinners and non-believers together in this way. On the one hand are people who, by my definition of sin, have caused deliberate, intentional, and unnecessary harm to others. On the other hand are people who are good and decent humans. Many give to charities, help their neighbors, treat others with respect, and generally lead a good life. However, this latter category simply does not believe in Jesus. Some may be atheists or agnostics. Some may be members of other religions. Some may even be Christian, but based on what some people believe, just don’t believe the correct flavor of Christianity or perform the correct rituals. Would a good and just deity really lump all of these people together in Hell?
Would a god that was all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-forgiving really create a Hell in the first place? If so, why? Certainly sending someone there is not all-forgiving, whatever else it may be.
So, the question is, if one believes that non-believers actually do get sent to Hell, then why do evangelicals persist in stating, “Jesus Loves You.” Wouldn’t it be far more accurate and self-consistent to simply admit what seems obvious to me.
Jesus Hates Me!