Damn: (v) to declare something to be bad, unfit, invalid
“…and he that believeth not shall be damned.”
I think I was eight years old when I read that for the first time.
I wondered why.
Why does God need to damn anyone?
I wasn’t sure what I believed about God. It is an evolution. Matter of fact, to this day our love affair is a private matter.
But I was pretty sure, from my understanding, that He was “man enough” to survive an unbeliever.
After all, I do. There are many people who don’t believe in me. Some of them have gone so far as to declare their unbelief and pronounce damnation on my soul. But I never had the inclination to toss my own rendition of ultimate rejection back their way.
It’s not because I’m noble. It just seems very childish to be really mad at someone because they don’t believe in you.
The instinct may be there.
Perhaps hurt feelings.
A bit of confusion.
But fury? Rage? I don’t think so.
And why would God, who has so many devotees, focus in on the few who decide to be reluctant, or even rebellious?
Why would God damn anyone?
Hell, if He started damning people, I don’t know where He would stop.
So yes—I’m pretty sure if damnation is part of the nature of God, we all are lost and abandoned.
No, I just have to believe that somebody wrote that. Maybe they were trying to scare their congregation into being faithful. Maybe they wanted their race to seem better than others who did not believe.
I don’t know.
I just don’t reckon God is so insecure that He has to retaliate apathy with judgment.
Wouldn’t it be funny if each one of us received an eternity that matched our own choices? Those who believe heaven is “streets of gold and mansions” would discover that they are surrounded with great wealth—but nothing really to do.
And those who believe we come back again through reincarnation to be other creatures would find themselves on that merry-go-round.
And of course, those who believe there is no God, and the grave is the end of the journey, would be allowed to decay in peace.