As a follow-up to my last post: Say that God doesn't send you to Hell, but that you send yourself there by rejecting him; as many Christians believe. I can accept that, I suppose. I still think Hell would be Party Central with non-stop orgies, but maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part. But what I want to know is, once you're already there, can you then decide to accept God? I mean, I don't have anything against God or anything. He sounds kind of like a creep in the Old Testament, but I could see accepting this New Testament God. But my big problem is with the belief thing. I just don't believe, and as I mentioned in the comments section of my last post: For me, the leap to belief is the mental equivalent of me jumping to the moon. It's just impossible. I can't believe and I don't believe. I’m not even sure how one goes about starting to believe. Again, it's nothing personal against God or any other supernatural beings; I just don't believe in things that I can't objectively observe, and I fail to see how that’s a problem.
But were I to go to Hell after I die, then all that changes. Because belief would no longer be an issue. I'm no fool and I believe what I see. And if I were to see that I was in Hell and that the Christian God was real, belief would no longer be an issue. I wouldn't just believe; I'd know he was real. So at that point, is it too late? Catholics believe that you can redeem yourself on your deathbed. But is it too late to find God once you're already dead? If so, that sounds kind of like a test and that God is punishing us for having failed that test. But if it's not a test, and it's simply a matter of me choosing to reject or accept God; I'd have no problem with accepting God...were I to be in Hell and to know that God was real. Because again, my thing isn't about rejection; it's just about the lack of proof. And being in Hell would certainly be enough proof for me.
And for that matter, God doesn't even need to bother with the Hell thing. If after I die, he took me straight to Heaven, you can most certainly bet on the fact that I'll accept God; assuming he's not too much of a creep. Who wouldn't? I don't care how hard-core a Muslim terrorist you are, or whether you're a fire-breathing atheist Christian-hater; I think that everyone would accept God, were they to meet him in person. And that's certainly the case with me, so he doesn't even need to bother sending me to Hell first. I'll choose Heaven immediately; assuming that he's not some big jerk about it.
So back to the Big Question: Is it too late to accept God once you're already in Hell? If not, is there a time-limit after which you can't be allowed into Heaven; or is it always open to anyone who accepts God? And if that's the case, then what exactly is the problem? Why do I need to believe on earth, if I can always change my mind in the after-life? And if we can't change our minds, how is this not just a big test? How is it me rejecting God, if he's not letting me change my mind once all the results come in? Because he’s pretending like this is all on acceptance and love, but he apparently is basing that judgment almost entirely on whether you have faith in his existence. I mean, come on! That’s like basing IQ-scores solely on whether they show up to the test on time.
But honestly, I still come back to the conclusion that this is all just some big marketing gimmick by the Christians in order to get people to join their church; rather than some big design that God planned for us. I can see why the humans want to make such a big deal out of this stuff, but I don't see why God would even bother. My life's been pretty darn good so far, and I fail to see how any being that created it this way for me could possibly be such a bad guy. If there's an untrustworthy component of all this, it's the human element. Gods, I trust. Man, not so much. And unfortunately for any supposed gods out there, until they make their argument in person; they're stuck with a damn untrustworthy messenger.