While walking in Balboa park yesterday we came across this booth. I had to take a photo. I wish I had time to visit with those in the booth, but we only had an hour to see the park.
I was humored by their banner...
Hell does not exist
or heaven either
enjoy your life.
To be honest my first thoughts when I saw the banner...if there is no life after this what is there to enjoy here? How could I possibly relax if this is all there is to my existence? Relax? Enjoy my life? All without a hope, without eternity? Absurd!
The other thing that came to my thoughts was....how do they know there is no hell, no heaven, no eternity ahead? How do they know that? What an arrogant claim...the claim that they know about the unknowable. It's a claim no one can make with knowledge, except for one person...Jesus himself...who knew about what happens after death, who knew about heaven and hell. No one else knows the certainty of the afterlife but the one who experienced it and came back to tell us about it.
The absurdity of these claims is missed by even those who make them. How could they know? They don't! And yet they make dogmatic claims that are baseless in truth and absurd at best.
I would rather put my faith in someone who really does know about eternal things....the one who made eternity, and told us about what's on the other side of death, God himself. He's the only one who knows for sure what follows this life. I think I'll take his word for what's next. He is much more "in the know" than these atheists in Balboa park on a Saturday afternoon.