The ethics of afterlives
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26-10-2017, 07:22 PM
RE: The ethics of afterlives
(25-10-2017 01:52 AM)Robvalue Wrote:  For the purposes of this thread, I'll be discussing the theists who believe something like this:

1) There is an intelligent being who decides which kind of afterlife everyone gets.

2) To qualify for the best conditions in the afterlife, possibly among other things, you have to be in the right religion.

3) For those who don't qualify (including everyone not in the right religion), they have something less desirable happen to them. This could be anything from a less nice but positive place, all the way down to torture.

4) The being could just as easily give everyone the best afterlife.

This is the bit that troubles me the most. That the salvation offered by the sacrifice of the Christ is somehow contingent on my belief. That seems to diminish both the sacrifice of the Christ and me. And it implies a weak and petty God with sycophantic followers.

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