Ten Hundred Word Purgatory

TortureMr Jesus talked a lot about what happens when we die. He warned people not to be bad, or they might not go to the nice place in the sky. He also said lots of things about people going to bad places where they get hurt after they die. Some God-liking people think this means all the other people always go to the bad place under the ground, but some think it’s a bit different.

Some of those people say that there’s a place where people go to get hurt, but when they have been hurt enough to make the bad things they did go away, they get to go to the nice place in the sky after that. They don’t always agree on whether some other people go to the bad place under the ground and just stay there. Maybe some really bad people do, but they might be let out if they get hurt enough.

One reason for saying that you can go to the nice place when you’ve been hurt enough is that people give lots of money to the God-group so that they don’t have to be hurt as much before they’re let out. The God-group say there’s nothing wrong with this, but when you think about it, it’s a lot like when bad people in nice clothes have a looking-after-you business and say they’re going to hurt people or break things if they don’t get lots of money. That’s a very bad thing to do and not allowed.

I don’t know if I could make my children be good by hurting them until they stop being bad. I think it might work, but they would probably be very scared after that, and they might be like different people. I don’t think I’d do it even if it worked, and the child-hurt-stopping people would stop me anyway if I tried to do it. But it seems to be different for God.

Image courtesy of catalina77, used with permission

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About Recovering Agnostic

I'm Christian by upbringing, agnostic by belief, cynical by temperament, broadly scientific in approach, and looking for answers. My main interest at the moment is in turning my current disengaged shrug into at least a working hypothesis.

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