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Hold up!

See that little date above?

This post was published years ago.

My opinions have changed over time: I think it's quite fun to keep old posts online so that you can see how that has happened. The downside is that there are posts on this site that express views that I now find offensive, or use language in ways I'd never dream of using it today.

I don't believe in airbrushing history, but I do believe that it's important to acknowledge the obvious: some of what I've written in the past has been crap. Some of it was offensive. Some of it was offensively bad. And there's may be some brass among the muck (you can make up your own mind on that).

Some of what I've presented as my own views has been me—wittingly or unwittingly—posturing without having considered all the facts. In a few years, I'll probably think the same about what I'm writing today, and I'm fine with that. Things change. People grow. Society moves forward.

The internet moves on too, which means there might be broken links or embedded content that fails to load. If you're unlucky, that might mean that this post makes no sense at all.

So please consider yourself duly warned: this post is an historical artefact. It's not an exposition of my current views nor a piece of 'content' than necessarily 'works'.

You may now read on... and in most cases, the post you're about to read is considerably shorter than this warning box, so brace for disappointment.

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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Comment from Maximilian Goldenberg


    10.58, 14/05/2005

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


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


    11.30, 14/05/2005

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


    14.29, 15/05/2005

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)


    14.34, 15/05/2005

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


    17.58, 15/05/2005

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)


    18.54, 15/05/2005

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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