I would describe myself as agnostic. While I was raised a Roman Catholic, I have a great many questions about the veracity of Christian theology which make me so uncomfortable with the idea of calling myself a Christian that I cannot, in good conscience, ascribe to the faith.
Since there are a great many highly educated and eloquent Christians on these boards, I would very much appreciate your opinions on my questions, as I have failed to find the answers in books.
So, with no further ado, here is my first question.
How can a supposedly benevolent and just God sentence anyone to infinite punishment (Hell) for finite sins? Does even the most unrepentant murderer really deserve a thousand million trillion years of pain and suffering for one murder? How about another thousand million trillion years, and yet another, and another ad infinitum? How about a petty thief? Or a just unbeliever?
For this question I am assuming, as the Bible clearly states, that one must be both virtuous, and a believer, in order to enter Heaven. Neither unrepentant sinners nor virtuous non-believers, can enter the Kingdom of Heaven. As I understand it, there is no Biblical basis for a belief in purgatory.
I appreciate that this question may have been posed many times before, but since guests cannot access the search function (and since I’m kinda cheap, and don’t want to sign up unless I know I’ll like it) I can’t tell for sure and so beg your indulgence.