1. Yeah, but, my house and I can be proven to exist empirically. Your god story, not so much. Children reject authority all the time. Should they be cast out on the street? Why are you telling others what their answer would be? Weird.<quoted text>
1. If somebody rejects your authority or your existence, do you see any reason why they should be allowed in your house? Would you allow somebody to remain in your presence indefinitely if they didn't show you any respect?
Your answer is "no."
2. The only difference is that we believe the spirit becomes independent from the physical body after death, and the spirit retains memories and is aware of spiritual concepts that remain hidden from us in our present state. Why does this belief matter?
It matters because if true, we will live eternally even though it's difficult to understand here and now. If we reject God, we will still live, but the punishment is an eternal existence of separation from light, love, and joy beyond anything we can comprehend. Instead, we will know eternal loneliness, infinite darkness, and our own endless sorrow for making wrong choices. Those who reject God will spend eternity kicking themselves in the ass for that rejection.
3. So if God is real, and Jesus is real, and the possibility of living eternally is real, shouldn't there be a reward for acceptance, and a consequence for rejection?
2. You are missing so many things here. Eternal punishment for finite crime is immoral. Eternal punishment for thought crime is even worse. If a child rejects authority, it may be for the right reasons. You're a Catholic. See any reason why a child should reject the authority of the church yet? If it is for the wrong reasons, we teach it. We tangibly lead it to the right way, not through the mystery of 38,000 differing interpretations of a perennially edited, dusty book. How does a spirit kick itself in the ass? Why do you need your ego to live forever? Your assertions are not difficult to understand, they are just without evidence, childish, and really rather silly.