Knowing this should make you atheist or even agnostic rather quickly, but if you are a dimwit with the lights on and nobody home like people of faith tend to be, you’re going to have a hard time. <——- would make this a meme but waaaaay too long, lol.
Considering that Heaven and Hell are not mentioned in Genesis, I’m quite curious on how to make sense of that statement. But I’ll take both confused claims separately.
1. It is a common misconception that most religions postulate an extensively detailed afterlife. It’s actually quite rare. Most tribal/polytheistic religions have a fairly murky view of the afterlife, which was often quite pessimistic. In fact, it wasn’t even a common view even in Judaism that there existed anything but a shadow-like existence after this life until two centuries before Christ (the deuter-canonlical period). It’s why so many religions focus so intently on offspring, for that is the closest realization of living beyond oneself that you could be sure of.
The only mainstream religion that had anything remotely similar to Christian beliefs about the afterlife was Zoroastrianism, but the similarities are more in the eschatological than those strictly relating to the afterlife.
In fact, one could certainly read the first 7 Ecumenical Councils as combating an excessive appropriation of Zoroastrianism and Neo-Platonism into Christianity.
2. Read the creation accounts of Genesis and compare them with most of the Egyptian accounts or the Babylonian myth. Huge, huge differences. Take the Babylonian myth: Primeval chaos, violence as a inherent nature of deity and being, humans as slaves. Conflict, chaos, and hate were foundational upon all order, both created and uncreated.
Genesis is actually fairly unique in its geographical area. God “speaks” creation, borne out of the fundamental, ontological peace that the account postulates. Creation is “good”, a total, unnecessary, extravagant gift. There is no divine warfare, no celestial coups (both occur in the Babylonian account), no necessity in creation. That has always been the Christian reading of it.
But maybe I’m just a dimwit with the lights on and nobody home.
as soon as the word “dimwit” or any other similar term enters somebody’s argument, they immediately lose all credibility imo