Its been quite a long time since my last post. I’ve been insulted by muslims and christians alike, a despot has become President, and a once great nation is now in the hands of their long time enemy.
But I digress. There is much to catch up on, and I am very good at procrastinating, so I shall begin. Today, I want to reflect on the question: “What do christians believe happened to the billions of people who lived and died before the birth of christianity?” Where did these ‘souls’ go? *Let me caveat this question with the disclosure that I personally do not believe in the concept of a soul, however christians certainly do and this goes to the heart of this dilemma.
I recently posted a meme on Twitter which posed this question, as you can see on the right hand side here.
The reactions I got were quite curious and at least one respondent was very insulted by it.
So I asked, as politely as I knew how. The responses that I received were angry and highly emotive, and yet…not one person could tell me where these ‘souls’ go. Perhaps the best response was a very vague ‘there is something in the old testament about people of abrahamic religions getting a ticket to heaven on account of them waiting for jesus to turn up.
Ok. But what about everyone else? Some Indigenous Australians believe in the Rainbow Serpent. Are they included? The answer was ‘I don’t know’.
What about the vikings who didn’t know about jesus before first contact with early christians? Same answer, ‘I don’t know’.
Native Americans? ‘I don’t know’ was the response again.
So, I guess the question now is, to what level of wilful ignorance do you have to get to, to believe in jesus as the lord and saviour of well…a tiny fraction of the population?
This dilemma of where the souls of the ‘no idea about jesus’ population brings up an even bigger question: how can a deity even possibly be considered ‘moral’ if it never bothered to pop down and say hello until about 2000 years ago, and only to a very select group of people in a very tiny part of the world? Why did god keep jesus up there with him and not allow Neanderthals or Early Modern Humans access to ‘the way, the truth and the light’? Why did a moral god sit back and let people worship Rainbow Serpents, Mother Earth, Oden, Thor and others? The simple answer is that it isn’t in fact, a moral god.
Or of course it isn’t moral, because it simply doesn’t exist.
If there are definitive answers to these questions, I’d dearly like to know.