Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Random Thought....

Do you think there would be as many people who believed in God, if it were not possible to be forgiven for your sins?

6 comments:

mikey said...

God might lose a few followers, but generally, I think people would still believe in him/her. God doesn't just offer forgiveness - he offers an explanation of the universe. Why are things the way they are? It's all part of God's plan. Ah, I can sleep better tonight, because I understand the universe. That whole thing, yanno?

Maine said...

I always thought people believed in God out of fear. Like...

If you believe in God, and there is a God, you're in heaven.

If you believe in God, and there is no God, oh well.

If you don't believe in God, and there is no God, oh well.

If you don't believe in God and there is a God, you're in hell.

So... it's like a can't-lose situation. By believing in God, you eliminate all chances of being punished in the afterlife. It's just logical.

Plus, there is the whole simple-explanation-of-complex-things issue. But, nah, I doubt that forgiveness has much to do with it.

Mr Vholes said...

I believe I need a drink after trying to think about that one.

Kira said...

Depends. We talking about JUST removing forgiveness from the whole set-up? Well, what are the religious reprocussions from this action? Doesn't it depend on the religious sect? I mean, if I'm not forgiven but I can still get my ass into nirvana/vallhalla/heaven/etc, I'm not so fluffed, now am I?

Now, if I can't be forgiven AND that means I go to hell, I don't think that would make me believe or not believe. It just means I would have the attitude of, well fuck, I'm going to hell anyway, I might as well rob this bank!

schmims said...

There might be more out of the fear of fire and brimstones.

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