Atheism and Hell

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Last Judgment by Johann Georg Unruhe - Damned souls going to Hell.

Atheists often launch unsuccessful attacks on the well established Christian belief of eternal punishment in Hell. Rather than repent, they engage in denialism about their sin and attempt to suppress the truth of God's existence. See also: Atheism and hatred of God

The Christian evangelist Ray Comfort often gives atheists/evolutionists the good person test in order to assist atheists in recognizing their sinful nature.[1]

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Atheism and the fear of Hell

See: Atheism and death

Even in atheistic Japan, researchers found that Japanese children see the world as designed.[2] The psalmist David wrote "The heavens declare the glory of God..." — Psalms 19:1

Even in atheistic Japan, researchers found that Japanese children see the world as designed.[3]

The journalist and ex-atheist Peter Hitchens and fear of hell

The journalist and ex-atheist Peter Hitchens, who is the brother of the late atheist Christopher Hitchens, said upon seeing an art exhibit of Michelangelo's painting The Last Judgment he came to the realization that he might be judged which startled him.[4] This started a train of thought within Peter Hichens that eventually led him to become a Christian.[5]

Child/teen atheist and fear of hell

A child/teen atheist wrote to the atheist psychologist Dr. Darrell Ray:

Dear Darrel,

I have recently decided that I am an atheist. The problem is that I am now much more anxious about my own mortality, and the mortality of the people I care about. It is scary to suddenly feel like there isn’t a God looking out for us, and that there will just be nothing after we die. Also I can’t help being afraid that if I am wrong I will go to Hell. How should I cope with these fears?[6]

Atheist posting at the ThinkingAtheist.com forum about his fear of death

In December of 2012, an atheist posted in the ThinkingAtheist.com forum:

I have been an atheist for about a year and a half. I wasn't

heavily indoctrinated or raised religious but I did believe in god for the first 16 years of my life. I always believed in a hell but I thought that only murders and people like that went there. It wasn't until I went through this like 6 month religious phase that I learned all the rules and that a lot more things can get you sent to hell then I thought. During this time my anxiety and ocd got really bad. Now I am an atheist but I still suffer from a fear in hell.

I get negative thoughts about satan and hell and I don't believe in god but I worry "what if I'm wrong?". It's really frustrating because I feel like a hypocrite that I don't believe in god but I keep getting worried and anxiety about what if I'm wrong.

I was just wondering if any of you feel the same thing I do or any tips on how to get over it.[7]

Apostle Paul about men suppressing the truth in unrighteousness and the testimony of creation

In his letter to the Romans the Apostle Paul declared:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse..." — Romans 1:19-20 (NKJV)[8]

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References

  1. Evolution vs. God
  2. Children see the world as designed
  3. Children see the world as designed
  4. Interview of Peter Hitchens - Video at Vimeo
  5. Interview of Peter Hitchens - Video at Vimeo
  6. Google cache of How do atheists handle the fear of death at: http://kidswithoutgod.com/teens/ask/how-do-atheists-handle-the-fear-of-death/
  7. I have a fear of hell, Thinkingatheist.com forum, posted 28-12-2012, 04:50 AM
  8. Romans 1:19-20 (NKJV)
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