If God created hell and if Jesus is God, then Jesus creates eternal torture and the grand design that routes people to it. But Christians often say they love Jesus. The reason seems to be that he sacrifices himself to himself to appease himself as a work-around so his believers will be spared the eternal torture he created.
How can you love Jesus, the creator of this system? Do Christians secretly think it was Satan that created hell? Or do you believe that hell is really emotional and spiritual torture consisting of eternal separation from Jesus/God? Then how do you love the creator of eternal emotional/spiritual torture?
I hope people will continue to challenge every part of this question and i apologize for bringing it up in the Philosophy section and not R&S.
But just to clarify, given some confusion I may have inadvertently generated through my wording, this is an if-then question. I do not state that God did create hell. I asked an IF-THEN question. For the record, the question should probably read:
IF you think God maintains a place of eternal torture, and IF you think Jesus is God, and IF you love Jesus, THEN how can you have those thoughts (God/Jesus maintains a place of eternal torture) together with that feeling (love for God/Jesus)?
I ask how these three items can coexist in one person:
1. the belief that God maintains a place of eternal torture
2. the belief that Jesus is God
3. love of Jesus
Please continue to challenge any part and/or all of this question, including an assumptions or implications with which you disagree.
Thank you, everybody, for fascinating, challenging responses.