I had recently stumbled upon this video over at Spanish Inquisitor. After watching it...and once the numbness finally left my limbs from my proximity to that kind of stupid, I decided to have a go at this. The individual in the video brings up the idea that, according to his doctrine, Christopher Hitchens is in hell not because of some punishment, but because god loves him ever so much. For those of you with a low stupidity tolerance, I shall give you a moment before trudging on.
So how does someone love another enough to let them burn eternally? Well, there really isn't any way that it can make sense, at least not the kind of sense that is seen outside of serial killers and, apparently, Christian talk show hosts. According to him, Hitchens was in pursuit of damnation his entire life, by not accepting the loving embrace of Jesus (I still cannot write that without getting a bit of a shiver down my spine at the thought of just what that embrace might entail). So in his infinite and unquestionable wisdom, god gave him just what he had always strived for, an unveiling of the truth and a betterment of humanity...wait, I'm sorry, god was just fresh out of those and instead Hitchens has to settle for an infinite understanding of pain and agony, same thing right?
According to this man and all those countless others who follow such doctrine, god loves everyone and is willing to let everyone have what they desire. And by that I mean give those who believe in his kid everything they could hope for while torturing the rest. All the good the man did, all the events he brought to light in his various books and articles, his own moral stance and actions, all cast aside because Hitchens didn't believe in their god (specifically their god's son...who is also god...I hate the trinity), all his life's works condensed into one little nugget that, with the aid of a bit of Magic Jesus Juice, would be light enough to float into heaven. But Hitchens clearly made his choice, so his eloquent and satirically laced nodule would be just a bit too heavy and would sink down into hell (satire being the densest of all writing styles). Thus, god gives us what we truly desire, isn't it beautiful?
If that seems a bit, well, crazy to you, congratulations, you are not a psychopath! The attempt at wit at the very end of the video, where the individual states that Hitchens would not want to be given access to heaven is actually correct, but not for the reasons he thinks. For who in their right mind would want to enter into a heaven that involves spending all your time worshiping a tyrant. No, Hitchens wouldn't want entry into such a place based on the principles of its ruler, not out of pride as this person, and many others think. But luckily for him, we live in a universe where things don't work that way. Instead we have nothing to fear but the people who prop up their ideals upon the very gods they create in an attempt to raise some part of themselves above what they see as the 'enemy'. This is a sad state of affairs and one I wish was not so, but if anything, Christopher Hitchens taught us to look directly at what is worst about ourselves, he did this in a hope that the rest of humanity might rectify the wrongs of others. And for that we should thank him, for giving us a chance to look at the darker parts of our selves and figure out how to make things just a bit brighter.
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