Did everybody go to hell before the Bible was written--
Here's Dan Barker essentially answering this question:
Suppose you were walking by my house one day... and I were to go up on the porch and say, "Hey, stop, I've got some good news! Good news for you people! Stop, stop, stop! You don't have to go down in my basement! This is great news. You've been walking by all this time you've been ignoring me, and I deserve to be recognized and honored, and you’ve been ignoring me and it’s made me so angry. I just get so horribly mad, so I built this torture chamber down in the basement. And there's some hooks down there and there’s some sharp things and vats of sticky stuff and a furnace and chains and it’s horrible, there’s flames. But you don’t have to go down there! I sent my son down there, and it was gruesome, I tell ya it was really horrible, but that satisfied my anger. And now, his blood was shed, and now you're free, you don't have to go down, all you have to do—just come up here, tell my son you love him, hug him, and they you can move in with us! We'll live up in my attic, you can tell me how great I am, you can just tell me how much you love me... wouldn't that be great?"
Dan Barker, former pastor
· 10 months ago