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First, it seems you don't understand Christianity very well. I find it telling that you'd use Christianity as an example then proceed to lump Christianity in with other religions.
In a certain respect you are correct, as islam shows, but wrong with respects to Christianity.
What you're expressing is the Euthyphro delemma, or Devine command theory, which I won't get into here, except to say that if there's some moral trade off in the form of good versus bad deeds for entry to Heaven then atheist/rejectionist and non-believers have just as much a "right" to Heaven as Christian believers.
Ryveit wrote:I am not a religious person, and do not belong to any formal religion. But i do enjoy discussing religion in a philosophical sense. I have a question that I think about often.
Out of all of the hundreds of religions that exist around the world, there are dramatic differences in what is expected out of the follower. But all religions, at least the major ones, have one ideal in common. Be good to other people and good things will happen to you. Using Christianity as an example; love thy neighbor, take care of your family, be charitable, etc.
A person who lives by these ideals, is considered a good person, or a selfless person. A selfless person can be defined as, someone who does things for other people with no expectation of reward.
But i believe that religion contradicts the idea of selflessness. Religion says be good to other people and you will go to heaven (or other religious equivalents to heaven). Think about that, if a person does all of these good things while on Earth, they get to live eternity in paradise. But to be selfless means to expect no reward. Religion says do these things and here's your reward. Are religious people selfless or selfish?
We could even take it a step further. Do good things and you will be rewarded (heaven), but do bad things and you will be punished (hell). So not only are you being rewarded for doing good things, but you are also being threatened that if you don't do these good things you will pay for it. This could also bring up the question; Are religious people being forced to do good things just so that they don't go to hell? Or do people genuinely want to help others regardless of whether they go to heaven or hell?
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