Where do the criminally insane go after death?

Bob loses it. He takes his gun and starts shooting people down in the street. He steals a car and runs over children crossing the street. The police finally arrest him. He is deemed mentally irresponsible and is institutionalised. He is treated with therapy and medication. He is kept of the streets to protect society. Years later, he dies. Does he go to heaven?

If someone is insane, cannot distinguish right from wrong, our judicial system recognises even the most violent criminal as irresponsible of his acts. He is treated, not punished.

What does god do?

If he sends him to hell, how can that be just, since he is incapable of knowing better. Even if he is somehow responsable at some level, how is that fair compared to someone who had all his wits.

If he sends him to heaven, how is any better? If crazy people get a free ticket to heaven, isn’t that the greatest deal there is? Why doesn’t god make us all crazy.

Start the week with a quote: Ricky Gervais


Can you choose to believe?

Bob tries to fall asleep, but he is too excited. His tooth is under his pillow and he wonders what the Tooth Fairy will bring him. He can’t wait to be tomorrow morning.

In the middle of the night, Bob startles awake. There was a loud crash in his room. He turns on the light and sees his mother by his bed. She had tripped over his toys in the dark. She is holding a little package. A little package just like those that the Tooth Fairy leaves under his pillow… He is sure it has been his parents all along. The Tooth Fairy doesn’t exist! Bob starts sobbing. He loved the idea of the Tooth Fairy.

Falling asleep thinking about the tooth fairy was so sweet. Now that feeling is lost forever. Could Bob decide to believe again? How could he choose to give up his doubts?

Mary is having a difficult week. She lost her job and does not know how she will pay her rent next month. She reassures herself thinking that god is watching her and will look out for her. Everything will be OK.

Joe also lost his job. He will be out on the street in a few weeks if he doesn’t find another job. He would like to believe in god and that he would take care of him. But he doesn’t. He just can’t.

Could he choose to believe in god? Somehow, through your education, your upbringing, the people who have influenced you, your experience, you believe or you don’t. How could you choose to throw away your doubts?

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If god chooses those to whom he is revealed, then it is his plan that atheists do not believe. Why doesn’t he make everyone believe?

If you have no power over your belief, how can doubt be criticised or faith praised? The best people can do is close their minds to doubt, refuse to consider questions, think about contradictions. Is that a quality we want to encourage?


End the week with a cartoon: “if only you were like me”


What are angels?

I have this picture of santa’s elves. Little helpers, floating around between here and there, intervening to help god.

What do they do?

God is everywhere and can do pretty much whatever he wants. How could he need help? Are they perfect, or do they make mistakes? If they are perfect, are they other gods? Oh, no, there is only one. If they can screw up – god knows they will – can god need their help? Do they intervene in human affairs? Angels seem to deliver a lot of messages. But god speaks directly also. Which messages get the special treatment? How about Cupid, is he an angel? Is that really how we fall in love?

Besides messengers, they can be guardian angels. Divine bodyguards, pretty cool. Do they protect from harm or from our own sins? In the big scope of things, harm isn’t so bad. Sin can get you tortured for all eternity. If I could choose, I would rather be protected from hell, than from being hit by a car. But how could I deserve heaven, if a guardian angel kept me in line all my life? And everyone doesn’t get one, obviously. Who is so deserving? I could suggest some populations needing some protection. Do they feed the hungry?

What’s the point of angels?

Who are angels?

Where do they come from? Are they extraterrestrials hired for a job? Are they divine beings created just to do god’s dirty work? If they have free will, besides it being slavery, they wouldn’t seem very dependable. Are they automata, robots programmed to do god’s will? Basically, god’s prosthetic arms? How could he need that?

Or are they just dead people who get a job? Do you need to work in heaven? Do they get vacation time?

Who could angels be?

And what’s with the wings?


Start the week with a quote: Jim Jeffries


Why did he build such a big universe?

Joe is a billionaire. He does not have a family, but he loves his cat. He decides to build a house, a very big house, with a thousand rooms. The cat explores a little, but mostly stays near the radiator, the cushion and his food bowl. What did Joe expect? Why did he build such a big house?

There are countless billions of planets in the universe. They are all empty but one. We explored a little, but mostly stay on our one planet. What did god expect? Why did he build such a big universe?


End the week with a cartoon: “That’s me there”


Magical white-bearded guy watching if you are good or bad

Little Johnny is very excited, he can’t wait for Christmas. Santa Claus will bring him a lot of toys, because he had been a good boy. He is a little worried because there were a few times when he hadn’t been so good, like the time when he drew on the wall of his room. Mom and Dad had been really angry. Santa Claus must know, he knows everything. He watches every child around the world all year round and knows who is good and who is bad.

Very early on Christmas morning, Johnny sneaks down to see Santa Claus bringing his presents. But he sees his parents arranging the parcels under the tree. He understands that Santa doesn’t exist, it had been his parents all along. They hear him loudly crying on the stairs.

When Johnny is a little older, he wondered about what had happened. An omniscient, omnipresent magical white-bearded guy watching if you are good or bad to reward the first and punish the second. All these fairy tales sounded the same to him…

What better way to scare a child into obedience than to invent an invisible powerful being watching his every move and who will reward or punish him? Of course, the criteria for good or bad are never very clear, so whatever you do, you are worried that it is not good enough.


Start the week with a quote: Louis C.K.


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