Fundamentalism, and the rock so heavy that God cannot lift it

I have been thinking about fundamentalists’ claims that everyone apart from “true Christians” will go to hell and be eternally tortured. They often try to reconcile this with a good, merciful and loving God by saying “it is written, it is the Law, and God cannot disobey the Law”. Unlike Christianity Hinduism does not have a definitive book. There are the Vedas of course, but these are more works of praise to God than Law or rules, and these are supplemented by agamas from each school. Christians, like Hindus, believe that God is omnipotent. It seems to me that if God writes the Bible as a definitive book that he must follow from that point until eternity then this is limiting his omnipotence. Metaphorically speaking God has created a rock so heavy that he can’t lift it; the Bible.

That is fair enough, but if God creates this rock which is so heavy that even he cannot lift it so that it will crush most of humanity forever then this cannot be an all-loving and good God. The God who would do this is not the God that I worship.

Aum Shivarpanamastu

3 responses to “Fundamentalism, and the rock so heavy that God cannot lift it

  1. Hi,

    I just wish to say thank you for your blog. I have been reading it for a while because it gives thoughts to ponder and in fact, I am also a follower of Sanatana Dharma in the West… (I am European as of origin).

    Other: is there another way to contact you (unpublished way) besides posting a comment here, please?
    Take care,

  2. The statement like – “everyone apart from true will go to hell and be eternally tortured” are typical later additions by fundamentalists to avoid defection to other religions and to instill fear. Every religion has such people.

  3. Namaste,
    have U ever heard of vedic hymn on siva, ” namaste astu bhagavan…..” that gives U better insight of features of god .

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