How Can Eternal Damnation Be Justified?
People live for a finite period of time. No matter how badly they behave during their lifetime, how can infinite punishment be deemed appropriate by anyone but a raging, hate-filled entity? Take Adolf Hitler for example. He was a bad guy, responsible for the deaths of millions. If anybody deserves some serious retribution, it's him. But think about it: if he had to spend a century in the torturous lake of fire described in the Bible for each individual who died because of his actions, that would come out to somewhere around a billion years of agony. And yet, as measured against eternity, his punishment would have only begun. It doesn't sound like justice to me. It sounds like revenge on a monumental scale, and I can't fathom the level of malevolence that represents. Could a loving God really be that cruel? So how about us regular sinners? We get the same punishment as Hitler? It just doesnt seem reasonable.
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China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment marks a first for humankind.
- China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3.
- In addition to a lunar rover, the lander carried a biosphere experiment that contains five sets of plants and some insects.
- The experiment is designed to test how astronauts might someday grow plants in space to sustain long-term settlements.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
Arranged marriages and Western romantic practices have more in common than we might think.
In his book In Praise of Love (2009), the French communist philosopher Alain Badiou attacks the notion of 'risk-free love', which he sees written in the commercial language of dating services that promise their customers 'love, without falling in love'.
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