Well, first of all, there would still be people who would stick to their guns and deny His presence, even if it was COMPLETELY obvious that God would there. Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
Secondly, a completely obvious God would take away from human dignity, actually. The most important aspect of mankind is the fact of free will, and specifically the choice to do good. God loves people so much He gives us the freedom to reject Him. If we do reject Him, He won’t force Himself on us, and I doubt you’d want Him to. We will get what we want, in that case – to be left alone by God. (That’s the true definition of hell, by the way, as accepted today by most theologians: the complete absence of God’s presence.) It would be an injustice if God forced us to love Him, here or in heaven. Then we’d only be literal slaves, pets or robots, as it were. Sure, God is still great and loving, but nobody should want to be reduced to that. We have the CHOICE to love God. That is one of the greatest gifts to ever ask for. We can can choose to have the best thing ever, instead of just automatically doing it.
What else would you have God do with someone who rejects Him, take him/her to heaven and force him/her to be in God’s presence and love God for all eternity, when that would only be endless torture for such a person who hates the very idea of God?
God only wants the best for us all, and that is why He has asked us (not forced us) to follow Him and do His will, so that we will earn the eternal joy of being in Heaven, in His presence, not because He wants to make our lives miserable.
We "send" ourselves to Hell, God won’t stop us from choosing it. God allows it because, since we have rejected Him, it is equitable. Would you rather He offend our human dignity and free will by forcing us to love Him back, by cramming it down our throats to accept Him as existing?
I think untimately that's what heaven will be like, though: a place where God *is* evident and observable. God will be constantly and completely understandable, but not because he is now able to force himself on him, but because we made the final choice, and when we died, we choose to trust God, so now we gave all we can give, and God returns that faith with Himself.
Thank you, and God bless.
May 31, 2004 06:18 PM PDT
I'd have to agree with Herm!
"Never underestimate the power of human stupidity."
Don't even get me started there....
May 28, 2004 03:03 PM PDT
Fabulous, Cowe and Alex, fabulous. :)
May 28, 2004 12:04 PM PDT
Oh, and God Bless you too!
May 28, 2004 12:04 PM PDT
That was very good! Although...
Heh heh, I was just thinking about St. Paul being knocked off his horse, and blinded ;)
I also think that when people are sent to Hell, they have to realize at one point or another that Hell, is a very real place! And it is very realistically, the worst thing that could *ever* happen to you!! Because, in Hell, there is no chance of ever being happy again! There is no pity for the souls of the damned; and worst of all, there is no God for them to turn to for help, when at last they realize this torment that can stand no longer will not cease, but burn for eternity! It's not just the alternative to heaven; it's completely the opposite of heaven!
I actually, sometimes would like to think that one of the reasons Hell is so terrible, is that it is absolutely, and completely devoid of love! This is actually a fact because the Holy Spirit *is* love, and He sure as ...heck... isn't there. But I think alot of souls that go to Hell probably don't have any idea what it's like not to experience love. Because even the most miserable soul on earth, is still under the constant longing of a heavenly love they cannot escape....until. Even if you aren't loved by any human being on earth, God still loves you... until you're in Hell.
Well, that's my fire-and-brimstone reflection for the day...:)
All in all Cow, that was a very well thought out paper! Huzzah!
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