I say "If you want to have a discussion about religion. One where we are not trying to prove each other wrong but trying to understand each other then I am in. If you want to force your belief down my throat I have no interest in that conversation or continuing to acknowledge your presences."
I simply say that I could never believe in a god that would punish one for eternity! Now who is evil??? So they "say" grace, peace, empathy, love, compassion for others comes from within a person, unfortunately everyone is not nice, however what a boring world it would be if we were all the same!!! Very simply just treat others how you yourself would like to be treated and never feel that you (have to) defend your personal beliefs and feeling. Also, who are you or I to judge anyone? Pat F.
Recently a Facebook friend suggested that I had better start buying lots of ice because I was going to need it. I wrote and said "Nah, don't think I will. It's your hell and I don't believe in it. I could not possibly believe in a god who doomed his children to an eternity in hell for non-belief in him or his 'greatness'".
Funny thing is the only time this has ever happen to me personally was when I was a "Christian" and we did not agree on a point. So while I was never inclined to confront or defend my eternal soul I always found it humorous. Most of my family is very religious very few are what I consider spiritual so I tend to not engage in any topic of a religious nature because I "love " them and respect their views. I can only change myself and it would be pointless to try an change them. My truth and journey is mine I strive to be the best person I can be and a better person then I was yesterday.
I had a client once tell me that he was sorry to say, but he believed I was going to go to hell for not believing. I simply asked him if he were going to be going to Heaven. He answered "Yes, I believe so." So, I said, "I guess I'll see you there because THAT would be my hell."
Your carrot that you entice me with says that God love me unconditionally...even my sins as long as I repent. You say he loves me "1,000 times 1,000" I was quoted once. So if God loves me so much why would be punish me so harshly and for infinity to burn in the fires of hell, just because I don't believe in Him? Surely he knows (or should) that I am fallable,could make a mistake. Doesn't he take that into consideration? NO??? What kind on MONSTER do you believe in anyway!!! How about all the near-mentally inferior people? He makes them burn in hell because maybe, they made a mistake and don't believe in Him?? Your God sounds very very small and unforgiving to me.