If you believe in the omnipotent, omnipresent God that I previously believed in during my Catholic days (yes I am an atheist) I would like to put forth an idea. Assuming that God is outside of time (because time is a construct that humans have created to keep track of our fast we can destroy each other), then we can assume that before God created humans he knew who would go to heaven or hell.
When I say that he “knew”, I mean just that. I am not positing that he predestined us to heaven or hell (although I do believe that if there was a God he MUST have predestined us, but that’s for a different post).
So, assuming that God knew how each individual person would use their free-will (whether that be to their demise [hell], or to their success [heaven]), why wouldn’t he simply take the people who misused their free-will out of existence?
The first thing that clicks in your head (and mine at first) was that this would be conflicting with the idea of free-will. Well, not exactly. God would be “foreseeing” your decisions (which were made using free-will), and simply saving you the trouble of suffering for eternity in hell.
This seems like a very simple solution that God must have overlooked. How exactly would this option be unfair or infringe upon anyones idea of free-will? The decisions would still have been made in a sense, just not followed through. I doubt that one person burning in hell would object if God had instead foresaw their downfall and canceled them out of existence before the mess started. For instance, if God could see before my birth that I would use my free-will in opposition to his wishes (which he technically could being outside of time and all), then I would very much prefer that a different sperm reached my mothers egg. Can’t we all agree that non-existence is preferable over eternity in hell? How unhappy were you before you existed?
After all, we as a human race had NO CHOICE as to whether we were brought into existence. It only makes sense to me that God should have saved everyone the suffering by simply pressing the delete button on the lives of those who choose the path of the heathen.
My intentions are not to insult anyone’s particular beliefs. My goal is to point out what I believe to be a flaw in God’s fairness.
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