Well on this point unfortunately I’m probably going to be able to give a more complete answer to at least part of when I address the idea of absolute morality. There was a Christian blogger who sent me a decent sized message regarding the idea which was based on a reply I sent him because of one of his previous posts. So I intend to take my time when I post my reply to it which won’t be tonight, but soon.
If you take a look at the stats though there a disproportionate amount of believers in faith in jail or on death row. The most recent number I heard is that something around 90% of inmates on death row profess a belief in God. The reason being as they know what they’ve done, and they worry. They have the religious fear that I talked about before that there is going to be some sort of universal cosmic judgment after they die.
Jeffrey Dahmer is a perfect example, after being convicted of the murder of 17 men and boys, cannibalizing most of them, he found God. He stated that he turned his life over to God and felt that he had found religion after going to prison. He was even baptized in prison. Now it’s really impossible to say if he was truly sorry that he had committed his crime, or if he was sorry he was caught considering his crimes took place over a period of 13 years. He did profess though that he believed God would forgive him and he would go to Heaven. It’s something to hope for when your days are spent full of desolation.
I could easily see the view of God you talked about though as being the popular view. I have no reason to doubt that because a happy fun loving God who just wants you to enjoy life and be good sounds much nicer then a God that judges every deed you do on an ethereal chalkboard. Religion knows that it’s losing it’s grip on the younger generations which is why it’s turning to different methods to try and attract people to it. Religion can’t continue without a continuous stream of people pledging their faith. I think that’s important to pay attention to because if the bible was the true word of God, and if all of his teachings were always true, why would it change? Sort of like how they try and change the idea of limbo, which always sounded like such a horrible place, and then they pretty much try and say maybe that doesn’t really happen. Unfortunately none of that takes away the pain of people for over 1600 years of fearing that their child who died just a few days after being born before being able to be baptized is damned to spend eternity trapped between Heaven and Hell. Anyways, at this point I am rambling a bit and am pretty tired so hopefully this is still cohesive, but look for my post in the next few days dealing with morality that I think relates to this as well.