Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
[b]Burma Shave Cream Road Signs
What if similar road signs adorned highways and byways around the globe today, in both face to face and cyberspace, with the poignant message, "Eternity Ahead"? Would we become immune to and dismissive of the message because of its repetition or, alternatively, would osmosis eventually trigger an awakening ...[text shortened]... s, sisters, friends you love)? "What if..." one helluva powerful phrase.
This is the kind of thinking that can drive a person nuts with fear and paranoia. It can also be used by the unscrupulous to take advantage of those who are vulnerable. It does not deserve serious consideration by mature students of theology. It is something, though, that such students should be aware of, as a variant on Pascal's Wager.
There are so many ways it can go. What if you are a devoutly religious follower of god X, and god Y,who happens to be the real one, punishes for all eternity, devoutly religious followers of god X? We know of religions that are founded on just this cornerstone.
I suggest that the following god be contemplated: one who loves us and who will see that each of us is eventually reconciled with her. We can lessen the burdens of life for ourselves and others by compassionate use of reason.