The bedrock of Christianity rests on a threat or ultimatum in
order bring people into compliance with it's doctrines.
The threat in this case is that simple unbelief will result in condemnation and punishment.
If you don't believe what you are told about God by Christians, or if you do not wish to praise, worship and glorify the Christian definition of God, you will be punished and end up in a place called hell.
It doesn't matter why you don't choose to believe in, or worship, the Christian God.
The only way to avoid the unpleasant consequence of failing to believe is to accept the Christian God as your ruler, savior, and king.
Jesus made it clear that unbelief, or failure to comply, will be punished.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
He that believeth on him(Jesus) is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
There is no wiggle room for a person to have any option regarding this issue. You either comply and accept this version of God as your Lord and Master, or face His wrath. It's that simple.
Christians will go to great lengths to rationalize this unpleasant fact away and distance their God from this obvious case of ego driven, despotic, and dictatorial behavior.
The Christian God's ugly ultimatum, which makes a mockery of the so-called "Free Will" Christians claim their God gives everyone must be whitewashed at all costs.
Unfortunately, the rationalizations used to explain away God's threats are just as ill conceived as the Godly intimidation they are designed to cover up.
A Skeptic wrote:
Threats of damnation and hell are a means Gods use to force people to do what they want to do, so your God does try to make people follow him.
There is something we call a threat and there are other things that are simply a fact.
If I tell you "Look my friend, if you run your car with out oil you are going to trash your engine".
This is NOT a threat!
Notice the first step in this great rationalization process.
The Christian version of God, with all His condemnation and punishment for the failure to reach a particular conclusion, is a solid FACT.
When asked to provide proof that these theological constructs are actually "facts", Christians will usually pull out a Bible and declare the Bible is the proof that their God is a "fact". All other versions of God are false Gods and all other religious texts are the writings of foolish men.
This is the airtight system Christianity operates in.
So, not only must you accept and believe in this theological version of God as your Lord, you must also accept all the Christian claims about this deity as undisputed, universal FACTS.
Using a car engine as an analogy of the way the Christian God works is ill conceived and deceptive.
A car engine is an observable fact. It does indeed exist and if you don't maintain it properly, it will break down and cease to function over time.
The car engine does not need or demand your worship.
The car engine will not threaten to condemn you to eternal punishment if you don't declare it your Lord.
There are thousands of car engines and none of them will throw you in hell if you put oil in another engine instead of only putting oil in one of them exclusively.
Using this Christian's type of superficial logic, the Mafia doesn't threaten anyone either.
If a shopkeeper fails to pay protection money to the Mafia, they will suffer the consequences of not believing or respecting the Mafia's desire to have power over them and be their "protector". Their shops will be vandalized and robbed by the Mafia as a consequence of deciding not to pay protection money as insurance against vandalism and robbery.
On the other hand, if they choose to pay the protection money, the Mafia will not disrupt their business.
Using the Christian whitewash system, the Mafia does NOT issue threats!
The ultimatum of the Mafia is simply a fact of life, just like not putting oil in a car engine.
The fact is if you run your car without oil your engine will be toast period. Same thing seems to be true here!
The fact is if you refuse to pay the Mafia protection money, you will be toast period. Same thing is true with the Christian version of God.
What this boils down to is a systematic rationalization process of exempting the Christian God from any standard of moral behavior in regard to coercing and manipulating people.
When the Christian God uses threats to intimidate people into worshipping Him, it's perfectly acceptable because God is Holy and can do whatever He wants. Anything God does is Holy and can never have human standards of evaluation applied to them regarding their moral content.
As noted earlier, this is a completely airtight theology at work.
IF you don't know God, if you don't ever take his free gift, then you can't be with the one you rejected.
This is a very common and typical misuse of the word "free" by a Christian.
Truly "free" gifts don't require anything in return.
In the Christian system, salvation is exchanged for worship. You must acknowledge the Christian God, declare Him your Lord, or you will be punished.
There is nothing "free" about this type of gift.
And as pointed out earlier, the Christian mental version of God is automatically assumed a fact and all other versions of God are declared false by definition.
I mean where is the threat here? There is no threat because its a matter of action and results.
Threats involve specific punishment and are not simply the automatic, natural result of a lack of action.
Only if the Christian God did not punish people for not believing in Him and worshipping Him, would there be no threat.
However, the Holy Bible makes it clear that unbelief will be punished.
Unbelief is declared evil and will result in specific punishment.
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
You seem to have this idea that we have this God that is ready and waiting to trash us out then enjoy it.
No, I really don't think this is the case.
What you are hearing is a man made religion using some of this stuff to control you and I.
Notice the tactic used here. Whenever something comes up that a believer doesn't like the sound of, they will often claim it is a "man made" religion used to control people.
The Holy Bible says that unbelief is evil and will be punished. It's that simple.
Either the book means what it says or it doesn't.
If this collection of man made writings, voted into a "Bible", by various councils of men over many years, is really the word of an infallible God, then Christians are stuck with exactly what it says.
Christians can sing and dance around this problem of their God threatening people to comply or be punished until the holy cows come home but it doesn't change the conclusion based on the evidence.
The Christian God threatens to punish anyone who fails to reach the conclusion that the Bible God is the supreme deity of the Universe who must be worshipped.
The irony is that this so-called factual "God" is defined by His believers and followers, who will always claim that God agrees with their definition of what He is and what He wants.
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