The Sydney Morning Herald has posted an article about a Baptist Pastor who informed Jewish leaders they were going to hell and would face a fate worse than the holocaust. He goes on to clarify his position based on Biblical passages:
“The Bible says that all have sinned and all are worthy of hell. That includes everyone, until we receive Jesus as our saviour”
While is approach may seem brutally abrupt, know one can honestly disagree with the core tenants of his beliefs. Jesus himself said in John 14:6
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Decent people may feel uncomfortable with this line of reasoning, and so they should. The doctrine of eternal salvation which can only be obtained by accepting the dogma of a particular religion is dangerous, divisive, and an open attacks on others faith.
Shifting another persons beliefs in any other aspect of our experience requires evidence supporting your case and demonstrating logical arguments to your conclusion. Since no religion can really lay claim to the ultimate truth (although all do), there can never be resolution on these matter.
Religion has managed to remain immune from criticism and ridicule for far too long. It is time to expose these ideas for what they truly are – baseless, worthless, wishful thinking stemming from the dark recesses of our ignorance for millennia.