Proof #21: Jesus' Core Message

A reply to proof #21 of God is Imaginary.

The author of God is Imaginary writes only a short piece that profoundly misunderstands Jesus’ message. Here is the summary:

Hello, my name is Jesus. I love you deeply. I have loved you since you were conceived in the womb and I will love you for all eternity. I died for you on the cross because I love you so much. I long to have a loving personal relationship with you. I will answer all of your prayers through my love. But if you do not get down on your knees and worship me, and if you do not EAT MY BODY and DRINK MY BLOOD, then I WILL INCINERATE YOU WITH UNIMAGINABLY TORTUOUS PAIN IN THE FIRES OF HELL FOR ALL ETERNITY BWAH HA HA HA HA HA!

Of course, this isn’t the gospel at all. This is argument by outrage. The author doesn’t understand how a loving God could send people to hell for eternity, or even why God expects worship. So let’s tackle both objections.

First, he assumes that God is sending people to hell for not worshiping Him. God is sending people to hell for a multitude of sins, not for simply failing to worship him. After all, the biblical definition of worship is obedience (cf. 1 Jn 5:3).

But the problem is that no one has obeyed (cf. Ps 14:1-3; Rom 3:23; Eph 2:1-3). So we, as disobedient children, deserve death (Rom 6:23). But God has a different plan (Jn 3:16): that we who deserve death are given life through Christ Jesus (Jn 3:17).

That’s the gospel in a nutshell.

As for objecting to worshiping God, I think that that is more revealing of the anonymous author's motive behind this unfortunate pair of websites than any other statements that have so far appeared. The biblical definition of worship is obedience. If the objection is to worshiping God, he is advocating disobedience to God’s decrees. This means that he wants to live any sort of life he chooses rather than yielding his life to the Creator.

This absurd summary only proves that the anonymous author wants nothing to do with God, not that God is imaginary.

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