Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
God's perfect plan provides the grace gift [free] of eternal life for all who choose to claim it with an uncoerced decision to believe [place their confidence] in Christ for their salvation. What are the most compelling reasons to reject this gift?
God's perfect plan provides the grace gift ....
You assume that a god exists, that that god has a plan, that this plan is perfect,
and that this plan includes a gift. Unless you can prove all those assumptions to
be true then nothing that follows matters.
God's perfect plan provides the grace gift [free] ...
Personally I think 'free' is implicit in the word 'gift' ... as it's not a gift if you
have to earn it/pay for it... It would then be a reward, and not a gift.
As your religion emphatically requires you to earn this 'gift' it is neither
free, nor a gift, it's a reward.
... of eternal life ...
Continuing on we have another assumption in need of proving, the nature of the
reward being offered by the hypothesised god.
... for all who choose to claim it with an uncoerced decision to believe [place their
confidence] in Christ for their salvation.
Demonstrating my point nicely, it's not a gift given freely. It's a 'reward' for 'good' behaviour.
Also the decision isn't, and cannot be, uncoerced if you reward one choice and punish [or simply
fail to reward] the other/s.
And I will further note that I find it insulting to suggest I [or people generally] need 'saving'.
What are the most compelling reasons to reject this gift?
OK, IF for the purposes of this discussion we assume that a god does exist, that this god
has a perfect plan, that this plan includes a 'reward' of eternal life for compliance with gods
wishes demonstrated by worship [and any other act's or beliefs that are required]...
Then we might well still 'reject' this offer if we are unconvinced that an eternity of anything
is desirable, or even survivable without going insane.
We might 'reject' the offer if we find god to be morally objectionable and thus do not wish to
spend any time with god, let alone an eternity.
We might actually think the alternative is better, whatever the alternatives are.
There may be other good reasons, but these will do for now.
However, if we are more reasonable and do not grant you all your assumptions...
There is no compelling [or even weak] reason to suppose that your god actually exists, that
there is an afterlife of any kind, that an opportunity exists to go to the afterlife we have no
reason to suppose exists, or what the criteria would be to gain this opportunity to enter this
afterlife. There is reason to suspect that Christ wasn't even a historical figure, and no
reason to believe that even if he did exist that he was the son of god.
There are also plenty of reasons to suppose that if your god did exist that that god would not
be worthy of worship, would not make good company, and should be avoided at all costs.
And if none of that were true, I still come back to this.
I can conceive of no circumstance in which I would want an eternity of existence.
Extended, yes. But eternal, no. Even if I were to live to 4 and 20 times the present age of the
universe... that would still be less than the blink of an eye when compared to eternity.