Your jesus never existed, and your buybull's "prophecies" are so vague and ambiguous as to be totally meaningless, yet easily *interpreted* as accurate after any given event. Not only do professional psychics work the same way, they undoubtedly got the idea for their scam from the buybull.
And I don't take your cherry picked sources seriously.
You never did answer my quesiton: what does your god have to gain by punishing people for all eternity in the "lake of fire" for committing the thought crime of disbelief? What is there to be learned?
Then you are in direct conflict with your "word of god."<quoted text>
I have answered you a few times.[/QUTE]
No, you dodged and deflected.
[QUOTE who="Resurrectionologist "]<quoted text> I do not believe that God punishes people in the way that you're thinking.
Then you disagree again with your buybull.<quoted text> I believe that hell does exist, but not as a lake of fire that people physically burn in.
That's not what your buybull says, though.<quoted text> I believe hell is a state of eternal consciousness separate from light and love and joy. Hell as I understand it is a place of darkness, loneliness, and regret, in which our spirit languishes forever.
Revelations 21:8--"But for the cowardly and UNBELIEVING (emphasis added, just for you) and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."<quoted text> It is not for the "crime of disbelief" as you say. The punishment is our own upon ourselves.
This clearly shows that *disbelief is a thought crime.*
That does not tell us what he *does* gain by throwing people into the aforementioned lake of fire for the aforementioned thought crime of disbelief, as described in your bible.<quoted text>What does God gain? God gains no joy by not allowing us into Heaven.
In other words, slavish and blind obedience. Thanks for clearing that up.<quoted text> What He does gain are His creations who are willing to abide in peace and love with Him.
For a christian, you sure do contradict your "infallible word of God" a lot. Or are you prepared to concede the fact that the bible, like Captain Barbossa's Pirate's Code, "is more what you'd call guidelines" than the actual word of god?
You never answered *that* question, either.