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As best we can tell, humans always act so as to fulfill the strongest of their current desires, given their beliefs.
But I very much doubt that Christians do not have a strong desire to save their spouses, their children, and their best friends from eternal agony.
I’m not going to hold a gun to anyone’s head, and for that matter, I don’t think that approach does any good.
But, I will challenge bad thinking and present new information, and perhaps it may cause someone to reconsider their beliefs.
I think I lasted something like 12 days and then gave up. I had an experience that actually made me think of this very inconsistency.
Our concept of hell is due more to Dante than to what the Bible actually says.
I forget the exact conversation topic, but my uncle said jokingly, “Hey, just make sure no burning bushes start talking to you, or people will think you’re crazy.” He said it as a joke, but it got me thinking that what he essentially said was that people today (presumably including himself) would see Moses as crazy. But to get back to your point, Luke, I think what you’re pointing out is a fact of human nature itself. I mean, it’s a struggle for most of us to even contemplate these things. Same thing with Christians – beliefs about hell are uncomfortable, so they try not to think about it except when they feel compassion towards “saving” people from it.
We could point out the same thing in atheists as well – why don’t you live every moment of your life knowing that you will die? We do because we feel it’s important, but in our everyday lives, it doesn’t cross our minds. Not thinking about hell helps them live a normal life in the same way that not thinking about death helps us do the same. But, these are still good questions, things that Christians often ask of each other.
Since they apparently really do believe in Christianity, these things can be easily construed in that light and incidentally there are atheists who buckle and give into religions they harshly criticized before. So there is enough uncertainty to keep them from being totally distraught even if it’s not how they’d like things to go.
Many things in life are not what they want and they didn’t hold that against God, so neither would they hold wayward children against that perspective either.