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This post was published more than 14 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 14 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 14 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
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  • Factual information might be outdated.
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Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

As I’ve previously told you (weren’t you listening?!), I have a fairly unhealthy obsession with Su Doku. It’s becoming so much of a national obsession that it’s even featured on Richard and Judy. While I was washing up today, something in my slightly disturbed mind obviously connected this with my recent bordering-on-philosophical comments.

Here’s what popped into my mind: I enjoy Su Doku. The part I enjoy most is the satisfaction of having completed the puzzle. The logical conclusion of this is that I would be happiest with a book of prefilled Su Dokus. But, of course, this misses the point: The completion is only enjoyable as a result of the prior frustration of being unable to solve said puzzle.

So, if the majority of the world’s religions promise that we’ll live happily for eternity, wouldn’t the people in that place be incredibly bored and, ultimately depressed? If they’re all already as happy as they can possibly be, then they have nothing to strive for, nothing to work towards, and nothing to live for. What’s the point of living forever if you’ve nothing to acheive in that time?

Surely a much better place to be would be hell, where you could always have aspirations of having a slightly less hellish time? You’d have something to work towards, each day would have a purpose, and eternal life would have much greater significance and meaning.

Just a thought, straight from my head to yours.

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Comments and responses

Comment from Maximilian Goldenberg


by Maximilian Goldenberg

Comment posted at 10:58 on 14th May 2005.

You display a total failure of understanding the true nature of Hell.


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 11:30 on 14th May 2005.

The only way you could possibly know the true nature of Hell is if you are there. Otherwise you simply have an opposing belief. And if, indeed, you are in hell, then presumably this site is also there. Makes sense.


Comment from Maximilan Goldenberg


by Maximilan Goldenberg

Comment posted at 14:29 on 15th May 2005.

Nobody goes to Hell unwillingly.

Maybe you should read the book

“Whatever Happened to Hell” by John Blanchard

http://www.evangelicalpress.org/books/Whatever%20happened%20to%20hell.htm

http://www.gnpcb.org/product/0891078371

Or are you too closed-minded to read such books?


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 14:34 on 15th May 2005.

Maybe you should read the book

But which book? Why would I want to limit myself to the Christian interpretations of hell that you present?


Comment from Maximilan Goldenberg


by Maximilan Goldenberg

Comment posted at 17:58 on 15th May 2005.

Who said anything about limiting yourself to reading just one book on the subject, which you then dismiss out of hand.

By your very response it is clear you are limiting yourself, by apparently refusing to even consider reading such a book because of its perspective.


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 18:54 on 15th May 2005.

I’ve read books by authors with many different perspectives. I would not dismiss reading the above book out of hand, I simply questioed whether it was wise to point to just a single book as a source of information.


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