I've been struggling with faith recently. In the spirit of being honest and true, I've decided to write about it here, because as much as I write to share my thoughts with others, I also write to explore and document my thoughts for myself. I'll be upfront though and say that its frightening because I'm sure there will be readers, most of whom I know, love, and respect who may be saddened or offended by what I say.
I wonder sometimes if I can be a Christian and not believe in hell. I'm not sure anything happens after we die. To the extent that I do believe something happens, it falls into what I call the great mist theory. In short our essence sort of dissolves and hovers over the earth, sometimes congealing with the essence of others to do good (or evil). Its maybe a combination of believing that our ancestors look out for us and believing in angels. In my current afterlife thoughts God allows us to continue existing, but doesn't reward or punish us.
I believe we were created for a purpose (we're each unique for a reason), that God is that creator, that Jesus is God in human form, that we should follow God's lead for our lives, but I don't think I can believe everyone who doesn't believe in Jesus is going to hell. My God is a loving God who wants us to love God and others. Eternal damnation just doesn't fit in the picture for me.
I know it doesn't seem right to pick and choose what you want from the Bible or any religious text, so I read on, I pray, I try to think through what I believe, but its hard. I end up back at a question that I wrestle with often:
Do you have to believe everyone needs to be redeemed to believe in a redemptive God?
Your thoughts????? (believers and non-believers in Christianity alike)