Hey Paula! Welcome to the forum. Here's my crack at your post.
Paula wrote:Different comments about different subjects discussed:
-David's point about our longing for justice is key. Humans long for justice which is linked to the concept of right and wrong which had to have come from somewhere. Who defined right things?
In a nutshell, we did. And we still do, by changing and updating our laws, and hopefully instilling good common values in our children. There are endless ways to determine right and wrong.
Paula wrote:-It is really impossible to be an atheist, the only person that I could consider is a real atheist is Hitler, he followed his own concept of right or wrong.
Um, Hitler wasn't exactly an atheist, although he didn't hold much love for the Christian church. He was raised a Catholic, didn't participate in church as an adult, and ordered his officers to form Muslim SS divisions. He was very much into the occult. Atheism does not necessarily promote following your own definition of right and wrong, regardless of the consequences. That's anarchy. Confusing the two will get you in hot water around here.
Paula wrote:-Saying God could have just destroyed everything evil before anything bad would happen is like a murderer sentenced to death telling his parents why didn't you kill me before I became this horrible person, why did you feed me when I was a baby and take care of me.
Bad analogy. If you knew for certain that your baby would grow up and kill someone, I could make a pretty reasonable case for you to kill your baby. If the world is as most Christians claim, then God set us up to fail and has no right to demand reparation for our mistakes.
Paula wrote:-The concept of eternity is what bugs people, I was listening to this story of a guy jumping off a parachute at 125,000 ft for a World record (it is true please look it up) and one thing they said analyzing it, was that at that height he would not feel like he is falling, the only way he would know he is falling is if he looks up at the object he jump off of, can we really define eternity? Maybe, if you really went to hell you wouldn't really know.
The concept of eternity is not simple, I agree. But I think most people are more "bugged" by the concept of mortality. This is one of the reasons why we invent deities and stories of the afterlife. It's why many of us strive to achieve fame and glory. We just don't want to accept that our lives may be insignificant. We want to live forever, like God.
Paula wrote:-Jesus did not come to save us from hell, but to save us from sin.
They are one in the same in my opinion. They both invoke guilt and suffering in an attempt to gain compliance with a set of subjective social rules.
Paula wrote:-Hell is having everything and not having someone to share it with.
Well then you don't really have everything
then do you? Having to spend eternity by yourself would probably be unpleasant but if there is an afterlife I doubt it's anything such as that.
Paula wrote:-Hell is knowing you could have been so much more and choosing not to have it.
No, that's regret. And stupidity if you somehow were given an opportunity to make a choice. Again, the guilt theme. Note: I'm not saying guilt is necessarily a bad thing, but it has the power to distort and religions have used it to pry people away from happiness.