This article is from Leaving Christianity from some time ago. I regret that I can't find it on that site anymore and I don't know who wrote it, but it is an excellent article. Although I think his/her 80% figure is quite low :
Let's assume for a moment that I'm completely wrong and evangelical Christianity is true. Let's look at some ridiculous conclusions that you must arrive at if this is the case. But first, a few clarifications from the Bible:
"Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." - Matthew 7:13-14.
"But He will say, 'I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.' There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth...." - Luke 13:23-28
"Whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."" - Rev 20:15
Assuming the above statements are true, statistically this means that the vast majority of people born will end up suffering in hell for eternity. I hate to place a figure on it, but let's assume 80% of people are not believers (Feel free to adjust as required). - since the world population is now around 6.6 billion, and to keep the calculations simple, let's assume that number of people are born & die each century. That means that by the year 2100 roughly another 4,800,000,000 people will have entered the eternal torments of hell. Assuming a projected world population of 9 billion in 50 years from now, that means that by the year 2200 the staggering figure of another 7,200,000,000 (that's over 7 billion) people will be added to Yahweh's fiery torture chamber. Assuming Jesus doesn't come back and call a halt to the whole sorry saga, after another 2000 years another 144 billion souls will be burning in the flames. If the human race lasts another 100,000 years (the estimated time Homo Sapiens has been on Earth), the unimaginable number of 7,200,000,000,000 (that's 7.2 trillion) people will have been added to the tormented population of hell (assuming a stable world population). ["...but He loves you!"--George Carlin, kwh]
If this is the case, it is a tragedy every time a new baby is born into this world, as statistically this new human being has an 80% probability of ending up suffering dreadfully for eternity. Surely it would be better for it not to be born? I cannot help but think that this leads to the following bizarre conclusions:
- We should aim to prevent any more babies from being born, ever. Every adult human being should be sterilized immediately. All currently pregnant women should have abortions.
- All babies/children under the age of 10 (or whatever age people grow up and decide to reject Jesus) should be immediately killed to ensure that they don't reject Jesus as an adult and end up in hell. I'm assuming that Jesus doesn't punish non-believing children.
- We should aim to ensure the immediate and total extinction of the human race, preferably by employing our best scientists to create a lethal chemical or biological agent that only wipes out the humans and leaves the plants & animals alone.
- If these measures don't work, as a last resort we should detonate all the world's nuclear weapons at once - the instant annihilation of a few billion people and the absolute end of life on earth would be a trivial price to pay to prevent over 7 trillion people from entering hell for eternity. Not a single human being, or even a fragment of human DNA must be allowed to survive - every person alive, including all the tribes in distant jungles, must be exterminated to prevent Adam's curse of original sin from inflicting any more damage. We would need a titanic global thermonuclear war, or better still, we could try to knock the earth out of its current orbit and into the sun - that should do it.
If Christianity is true, it logically follows that engineering our total extinction would prevent untold suffering by vast numbers of people in the future. Are there any Christians who disagree with my conclusions? Is it better to leave things as they are & allow trillions of souls to suffer the horrors of everlasting damnation? Of course, the Christian would argue that the correct thing to do is to evangelize more & convert those people, but consider this - after 2000 years of Christianity, the vast majority of people *still* don't believe in it therefore this is extremely unlikely to change in the future.
[And, according to Jesus in Mt.7:13-14, it never will change--there will always be "few" who enter in by the narrow gate and "many" who enter in by the wide gate. This writer's plan sounds logical only if fundamentalist Christianity is true. Fortunately, there's not a shred of unimpeachable evidence that would indicate that it is. kwh]