The major religions follow a similar line. Only the faithful shall enter the Kingdom of God. Whether it be Christianity, Judaism, Islam or many of the other major religions (excluding Buddhism and Hinduism).
But each religion makes exclusions. I mean I am faithful, I am faithful to my wife, I have faith that the sun shall rise tomorrow yada yada. yet I don’t qualify because I don’t follow their brand of faith. I must have faith in not just God but their brand of God!
They all claim to speak the mind of God, So they must be right.
So what’s the logical conclusion to this?
There is almost 7 Billion people in the world now, but they don’t all follow the same religious belief. The top ones can be broken down into a multitude of sometimes mutually exclusive sects.
Not everyone follows the same brand of religion, and according to the adherents only their own secular faith gets the right of entry into heaven. That means of the 7 billion or so people only very few actually have the right to go to heaven.
And that doesn’t include those who have already passed on.
What can this possibly mean?
Lets make some religious based assumptions.
1/ God is all knowing
Ok because of this God knew from the very beginning that he was creating people where the huge majority will end up in hell (at least Catholic Christians believe this).
2/ God is loving
What could the purpose of this be? Why would a supposedly loving God create man knowing at best most will be cast aside or at worst spend eternity in hell.
3/ God gave man free will
What does this even mean? How can you have free will when the outcome is already known?
Lets assume instead of there being one outcome there are innumerable outcomes all based on man exercising his free will.
If we assume there are as many different outcomes as there are people. So if we actually do the math on this a rough approximation is 7Billion factorial. wolphramalpha gives us
Ok given the subject is God we can assume this number is a mere trifling and God can see all of those possible outcomes. In actual fact the number of outcomes tends a lot closer to infinity the above enormous number only relates to each person exercising their will only once in their lifetime. Given that each person exercises their will countless times in a day you can see how this number becomes even daunting for a god.
What have we learnt so far?
- God created man knowing most will die wasting their life or will be punished just for being God’s creation.
- Gods love doesn’t encompass those he considers unworthy. Plenty examples in the bible of God destroying those he dislikes.
- God is truly great with numbers
If we can be so bold as to consider what God’s plans are and I don’t see an issue with this as if you ever ask a Christian or Muslim or whatever about God they are more than willing to tell you what they think gods plans are. So why should we be barred from considering the same question?
So assuming we wont be burned at the stake for doing what religious folk do every day we will attempt to consider what all of the proceeding means?
With so many possible outcomes what can be the ultimate goal?
With so many discarded lives what can be the ultimate goal?
To be honest I can only come up with one plausible answer. We are Gods experiment, God is trying to build the perfect human and each failed life is just one more experimental miss, discarded as the worthless life it was.
Eventually God will find that perfect being.
What then. Will God continue looking for another perfect being or will he be satisfied and turn off all of creation?
Where do YOU fit, Are you that perfect being?