“As I have already stated…God chose me… Eternal life in heaven is the benefit of being graced with salvation…”
“ …the good news is that those who hear and obey the Gospel of Christ, are graced with eternal life in heaven… Yes you must believe with ALL of your heart, mind, and soul…”
I feel fairly confident that, irrespective how fundamentalist the believer, this is the real prize (sic) for remaining a Christian.
However, I maintain the primary reasons for most people becoming Christian are indoctrination and culture.
Yet the promise of eternal life after death is counterbalanced by the threat of eternal torture for not believing.
None of this is breaking news to the non-believer, but it is the first time on my blog that a Christian has openly acknowledged that they believe because they expect eternal life. ( and no doubt (?) maintain a fear of eternal torture.)
The insidiousness of this belief aptly demonstrates why indoctrination is crucial; if there were any truth to the former – eternal life and the supposed wonderful benefits of this option – then the heinous threat of eternal torture would not be necessary. Logic tells us that the fabulous benefits of committed belief would be enough of an incentive without the need to threaten an individual for non – belief.
No person responds in a truly positive manner when the threat of violence hangs over their head, and the continual reinforcement of how worthless they are, neither child nor adult, and there are more than enough examples of the damage this does, to individuals, families, communities and whole societies.
Of course, none of this even touches on the confirmed evidence that refutes almost all of the bible, demonstrates its fraudulent nature and the revelation that much of it is little more than geopolitical myth.
But at least we have it in black and white from a Christian the core reason why they willingly accept Christianity; why they have been convinced or convinced themselves.
As none were ever reasoned into belief it is unlikely they will be reasoned out of belief.
But maybe if one or two just pause to consider?