Would you rather go to a Hell-like place after you die or just cease to have any form of existence?
Really the question is, would you rather be totally conscious of your existence and be tortured for eternity but still be aware of your surroundings somehow or just turn into food for bugs and rot away never to think be conscious of anything ever again?
The way you frame you question I would have to say I wanna be bug food. But as a Christian, I have a deep rooted faith in the reality of Heaven and Hell according to God's Word in the Bible. Accordingly, eternal torment in Hell is man's default setting because we are all born into sin or we have a sinful nature. Alternately, we can choose to accept the free gift of salvation paid for by the blood of Jesus and spend eternity in Heaven because our sins have been removed from us allowing us to be united eternally with God. Either way, we are all eternal beings so the choice is there to be made.
If those are my only two choices, I guess I would rather go to Hell. I feel the whole purpose of our existence is to experience our placement in this universe... the good the bad and the ugly of it. So if Hell is my destination, I'll make the best of it.
Given only those two choices, then I'd take never being conscious of anything again. Dreamless sleep is one of my favourite things.I hope this isn't something you spend a lot of time thinking about!
I will prefer to be void of consciousness. A total blankness is what i wish for after my death.
I'd prefer to be food for bugs. That's what I'm expecting anyway, atheist that I am, so that suits me just fine. I hope the bugs enjoy eating my carcass and they grow up to be big and strong and then get eaten by birds, who also grow up to be big and strong. I could go on, but it'll probably get weird soon...
Based on the way you phrased this question, it sounds to me like you accept that these are two valid possibilities (perhaps the only two options in your mind). One being no afterlife at all and, the other, the Christian notion of Heaven and Hell. It is interesting to me that you obviously prefer and are resigned to accepting either eternal torment or being completely non-existent to the idea of eternal life in Heaven with God...because that is the other alternative that you left out. I guess there are some other options according to other religions as well, but, ultimately, the truth is that, whatever you do end up doing or being after you die, you have no control over at all. So, desire as you might to choose where you end up, ultimately it is completely beyond your control. Have you considered accepting this fact and realizing that the other option, eternal life, is far more appealing than the two you're trying to decide between? Going to Heaven would require that you acknowledge that God is who he says he is...have you looked into this possibility? God claims that he is all powerful, almighty, everywhere, perfectly holy, true and righteous. Is it possible that he really is all these things? The one that really got me was the Truth. If he is who he claims to be then he will be absolutely true. The problem is that we cannot understand what the truth is when our eyes are focused on ourselves. So look up... and, be willing to see something beyond yourself, and ask if, according to the truth, he really could meet every requirement of his own claim. By the way, the God of the Bible is the only God in all of history that lives up to these claims. Every other "god" falls short because they are modeled after humans and humans can't conceive of that which is perfection on their own.
By far, I would rather be in a never ending "Peaceful" sleep. Why would anyone want to be tortured for eternity?
I'd rather God decide. But if I'm guilty and unable to change then I'd rather not exist than become oppositional to Gods will.
Man I didn't realize how depressing and pessimistic this question makes me look. It is really just a question though, I was curious about what other people thought after a random conversation with a friend the other day. I tried my best to not affiliate the question with any religion but the use of the word Hell does make myself and this question seem Christian in origin, even thought I do not orient myself towards any religion. Thanks for the answers though, no matter what your religious beliefs are I am very interested in your answers. Keep 'em comin!
Of these two choices, I'm definitely going with food for bugs. But that seems more natural, anyway. Plain pine box and and all that.
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