I mean here we are on earth with so many varying religious beliefs, and where even some people who claim to be Christian admit that God’s existence is not very obvious. Prayer feels like a one way conversation, scientific studies trying to detect effects from gods or a God fall short of detecting anything. We are unable to experience this God with any of our senses.
Even those that are Christian seem to be so divided in beliefs. Sure there is some commonality but some of the differences are actually pretty important, like what requirements there are for salvation.
The most common responses from Christians to explain this hidden God are that God must allow us free will, or that God has reasons which we wouldn’t understand for being so hidden. There are others but they all just seem like ways to explain away what may be the most likely explanation – that gods either do not exist or are not interested in communicating with us.
And then comes the belief in Judgment day. We are told that after we die we will stand before God and at that point it will all be very clear that he exists and at that point it will be too late. So much for free will at that point, because it will be very clear that he exists then. And even though there was much reason to doubt here on earth, we aren’t given any chances when it’s clear he exists. It’s like God pops out and says “surprise, here I am; see you should have trusted that one sect (which one is anyone’s guess) that had the truth, and now it’s on to eternal punishment for you.”
But anything is possible, so I don’t mind entertaining the question of “what would you say if you die and end up standing before the almighty God?”. At least it’s a good thought experiment. This is my guess on how it would go down:
First, I’d crap in my pants (which I suppose is ok if I died of old age since I’d likely have a pair of Depends on). Then I’d throw up all over the clouds. At that point my heart would be racing so fast and I’d probably have a heart attack. Interestingly enough, that may very well be the “second death” that the bible speaks about, so perhaps annihilationism is correct.
Anyways, if I was able to make it through all that and finally pull myself together I’d likely say “I really wasn’t expecting this, but at this point I don’t think I’ve got anything to say.” He’d be reading my mind anyways, so he would know all the expletives going off in my mind (like “WTF, this is some insanely crazy sh-t”).
I mean seriously though, I’d be so scared out of my wits that I’m not sure that I’d even know what to say. If I’m allowed I’d ask which sect was the one that got it right.
But the same book that people get this idea from they also get the idea that God loves his creation. This whole judgment day scenario doesn’t match up with a God that cares about his creation. A lot of other questionable stories come from this book, so this is why I can take this thing with a bit of a sense of humor – it just doesn’t seem real to me.