The experts on Heaven disagree about which conglomeration of religious believers will qualify, but they always seem to think that they personally belong to that elite group. An eternity with people that conceited seems intolerable to me.
– Robert Anton Wilson, “Cheerful Reflections on Death and Dying,” Gnoware, February 1999
I do understand what love is, and that is one of the reasons I can never again be a Christian. Love is not self-denial. Love is not blood and suffering. Love is not murdering your son to appease your own vanity. Love is not hatred or wrath, consigning billions of people to eternal torture because they have offended your ego or disobeyed your rules. Love is not obedience, conformity, or submission. It is a counterfeit love that is contingent upon authority, punishment or reward. True love is respect and admiration, compassion and kindness, freely given by a healthy, unafraid human being. are golden
– Dan Barker, Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist
Truly. Almost all of the most kind, loving, joyful people I know are not Christians. The people I am in straight-up awe of…
Why I can’t believe in hell anymore.