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Come On, You Don't Really Believe In Hell, Now Do You?
Do you really believe people go to some fiery place nobody's ever seen, that there's zero evidence of? These ideas of heaven and hell are really damaging. Maybe if Christianity didn't promote these ridiculous notions, Andrea Yates' kids would still be alive today. From an e-mail from blog regular Gary S.:

News item on the Andrea Yates trial describes her Christianity-based motivation for murdering her five children. Apparently she thought killing them was in their best interest, since she was sure they would become serial killers and prostitutes, and then spend eternity in hell. Even though the children were no older than 7.

"At least they'll go to heaven" is an awfully convenient rationalization to have available when you're an unstable person who's pondering slaughtering your own family. I wonder how much of a factor this belief in heaven was in this woman's twisted thought process.

I think this story dovetails nicely with some of the recent discussions on your blog about what a silly concept heaven is.

If everyone really spends eternity in heaven or hell, and children get a free pass to heaven, then Andrea Yates is the best mother who ever lived. And millions of Christians believe the first two-thirds of that sentence.

Here's the link to the CNN story.

Posted by aalkon at July 20, 2006 6:13 AM

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So where did the preposterous idea of hell come from? The Old Testament? No! In the OT, the vile and hateful god Jehovah was content to kill you off for any minor transgression. That was it; he could no longer torment you. In the NT, Enter the Prince of Peace, Lord Jesus H Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. HE introduces the concept of hell! Yes, indeed; if you don't believe all his bullshit, (hate your parents/family, beat slaves, turn the other cheek to get hit again, curse out-of-season fig trees because there's no figs) off to an eternity of hell, fire and damnation you go! Smile, Jesus loves you!

Posted by: Bill Henry at July 20, 2006 6:38 AM

That's silly. The woman was crackers.

> I wonder how much of a factor this belief
> in heaven was in this woman's twisted
> thought process.

The thoughts were *twisted*. The operations of her logic were *irrelevant*.

Posted by: Crid at July 20, 2006 8:28 AM

"If everyone really spends eternity in heaven or hell, and children get a free pass to heaven,"

Besides those items, Christians also believe that every adult will go to Hell unless (s)he either a)never commits a single sin in his/her entire life, or b)truly and honestly accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior. Based on that, it sure seems logical that the best thing Chistian parents can do for their kids is what Yates did, or better yet abort them.

I've asked my brother (a true-believing, fundy Christian) to point out the flaw in this logic, but he's never replied.

Posted by: Rex Little at July 20, 2006 9:48 AM

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